French Open 2018- Predictions!

May 22, 2018 1 By menstennisnews

The clay court warm up season is almost behind us and the big event is almost underway.

Apart for the likes of Thiem and 2015 french open champion Stan Wawrinka, caught up in Lyon and Geneva respectively, the rest of the field are making their way once again for the war in Paris. Even without the draw, which will take place on Thursday 24th May, there are still several players in which can be expected to make a deep run.

A clear favourite, followed by a collection of challengers, will be what defines the two weeks in the French Capital

here are the main 3 challengers for the title, as well as one wildcard, picked out at a dark horse in Paris.

 

Rafa Nadal

the clear favourite in Paris, Rafa has successfully come back from a difficult time on the hard courts of 2018 to dominate the clay courts. The winner in both Monte Carlo and Barcelona without losing as set, Nadal bounced back from a loss in madrid from Dominic Thiem to win a tough 3 setter against Alexander Zverev in the final of Rome.

Is there anyone that can touch him? possibly not.

reasons as to why he won’t win

– Injury? Nadal’s biggest rival in his long and successful career, the risk of injury has always loomed over his head. it was just two years ago that Nadal completed a promising clay court seaon, winning in monte carlo and barcelona,  only to pull out before the third round.

– Dominic Thiem. the next challenger on the list, Thiem is the only man to beat Nadal on clay in the last 24 months

 

Dominic Thiem

a proven clay court player, 7 of the 9 titles won by Thiem were on clay, including his most recent in Buenos Aires in February. Thiem has also beaten 10 times french open champion Rafa Nadal on clay several times, showing is attributeson the surface

 

Reasons as to why he won’t win

– Thiems record at grand slams is relatively poor for a player of his quality. although he has reached the semi finals of the french open for the last two years, his poor results at the other grand slams suggests that the pressure, and gruelling nature of a best of 5 set match are things Thiem has difficulties with.

 

Alexander Zverev

Another young rival to the throne, Zverev has been in electric form over the last few weeks, winning in both Munich and the Madrid Open, the latter without losing a set, or even being broken. despite this mentally draining period, zverev followed it up last week with a final showing in Rome, where he was just threee holds of serve away form the title once again. with the freshness of a weeks break before procedings get under way in Paris, there is little to suggest Zverev can not go all the way in the French capital.

 

Reasons as to why he won’t win

– Rafa Nadal. having already beaten Zverev twice in this clay court season, Nadal would have a lot of confidence going into a french open final against the young German.

-like Dominic Thiem, Zverev’s grand slam record is also poor. amazingly, the German has never made it past the 4th round of a grand slam, and the 3rd round of the french open, losing last year in the 1st round to Fernando Verdasco. Zverev needs to makes big inroads and a grand slam before he can be truly considered a grand slam contender.

 

Dark Horse- Fabio Fognini

the enigma that is Fabio Fognini takes the place of the dark horse in Paris.  Despite losing early in Monte Carlo, Munich and Madrid, Fognini’s confidence will be riding high form his successes in Rome, making the quarter finals by beating Monfils and Thiem, while also taking a set, a rare occurrence this clay court season, from Nadal. if Fabio can take this form into Paris , he will be a legitimate contender to go far in the tournament.

Reasons as to why he won’t win 

– Fabio is Fabio- he is one of the most inconsistent players on tour.