It feels weird writing about Roland Garros as the last Grand Slam of the Year instead of the second one. 2020 has been so good but we are happy we get another Grand Slam and Tennis is back even though with limited fans.
The 2020 Roland Garros is here and we can not be happier than this.Going into this tournament we have a first time Grand Slam champion Dominic Thiem,consistent Novak Djokovic and the ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal as the three main contenders.
There are other 125 players playing the delayed, 2020 edition of Roland Garros. Here’s a look at how the draw looks and who can benefit from it.
In first quarter of male singles,Novak Djokovic comes to Paris at the back of a confidence boosting title in Rome after his disqualification at the US Open.
All of which leaves the Serb where he usually is: On the top line of the draw, and one of three favorites—along with Nadal and Thiem—for the title.Of the three, Djokovic has the easiest path to the final.
He’ll start against Mikael Ymer; the first seeded player he could play is Hubert Hurkacz Who is the 29th seed and the second-highest seed in his quarter is Matteo Berrettini who has not had a great season and he has never been past the third round at Roland Garros.
It may be more likely that Djokovic will face either Roberto Bautista Agut or Pablo Carreño Busta Who was his last opponent at the US Open . Both of them will cause problems , but by that stage of the tournament Novak should have settled in and be playing well.
First-round matches to watch: Berrettini vs. Vasek Pospisil; Hurkacz vs. Tennys Sandgren; Bautista Agut vs. Richard Gasquet; Jan-Lennard Struff vs Frances Tiafoe.
Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, the top two seeds here are not clay specialists Both are among the next set of Next Gen players but a tough task await them in Paris Medvedev is coming off an opening-round loss to Ugo Humbert in Hamburg, while Tsitsipas is coming off a surprising six-match-points collapse to Borna Coric at the US Open.
Neither will have an easy match in their first-round in Paris: Medvedev plays Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, while Tsitsipas faces Spain’s Jaume Munar. The first seed Medvedev could face is Nikoloz Basilashvili; for Tsitsipas, it’s Filip Krajinovic.
Three dark-horse seeds: Denis Shapovalov, who made the semifinals in Rome last week; and Andrey Rublev and Dusan Lajovic, who have both played well so far in Hamburg this week.
First-round matches to watch: Medvedev vs Fucsovics; Tsitsipas vs. Munar; Shapovalov vs. Gilles Simon
In the third quarter, Thiem has a big question mark in this side of the draw How will winning his first major title, after waiting so long affect him.Will he be mentally fit or will he be down It’s anybody’s guess right now.
One thing is clear: He’ll have to go through a tough draw Thiem starts against Marin Cilic; he could play big-serving Reilly Opelka after that; Norwegian in form Casper Ruud in the third round; 2015 Roland Garros champion Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round; Nadal in the semis; and Djokovic in the final.
Player to watch: Diego Schwartzman. The Argentine is coming off a runner-up run in Rome that included a win over Nadal.
First-round matches to watch: Thiem vs. Cilic; Gael Monfils vs. Alexander Bublik; Felix Auger-Aliassime vs. Yoshihito Nishioka; Wawrinka vs. Andy Murray. The last time the Swiss and the Brit played at Roland Garros, in a five-set semifinal in 2017, they both ended up needing surgery.
In the last quarter, Rafael Nadal will have to be at his very best if he wants his 13th? That’s probably funny but on paper Nadal’s road doesn’t look like an easy Peasy ride
He’ll face Egor Gerasimov in his opener,Then maybe 32nd-seeded Dan Evans or Kei Nishikori in the third round. But after that, things could get tougher In the round of 16, Nadal is to play Fabio Fognini, who has beaten him more than once .
In the quarterfinals, he could face Alexander Zverev, who is coming off a runner up finish at the US Open. In the semis and final, Nadal will likely have to play Dominic Thiem and Djokovic consecutively
Nadal looked lackluster in a loss to Schwartzman in Rome last week but Paris always has a way of settling hm back down. Last year, he lost in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid—but he was his old, unbeatable self at Roland Garros.
First-round matches to watch: Evans vs. Nishikori; David Goffin vs. Jannik Sinner
Semifinals: Djokovic d. Tsitsipas ; Thiem d. Nadal
FINAL: THIEM DEFEATS DJOKOVIC
In the women singles draw of the French Open 2020, there are some tennis well- known heavyweights battling for the French tennis gift. Some of these female players are familiar, playing against each other, and the fans know the likely predictions that will be given at such interesting ties.
Though, the tournament will all greatly miss Noami Osaka, Bianca Andreescu and Ashleigh Barty. The youngest player this the singles is America’s Amanda Anismova(19) while her compatriot, Venus Williams is the oldest (40).
Italian Open 2020 champion, Simona Halep, who lead the pack of the first quarter of the women singles, will be facing Spain’s Sara Sorribes- who has not exceed the second round of a major Grand Slam.
The Romanian who will be twenty-nine years old on Sunday, have struggled to stem the tides at the Roland Garros, having suffered some crucial defeats against Maria Sharapova, finishing as a finalist in 2014, as well as Jelena Ostapenka in 2017, and against one of America’s youngest tennis player Amanda Anismova at the final eight of the Grand Slam in 2019.
In tandem, Anismova will battle Tamara Korpatsch at the first round of the tourney. The highest stage she has reached was the final four of the Roland Garros in 2019, but Barty dashed her hope of reaching her first final of tennis major. The American might face Halep at the latter rounds of the top quarter.
World number fifty-five,Shelby Rogers was one of the breakouts that soared at the concluded U.S Open in New York. The American will be up against Rakhimova Kamla. The last time she made it quarter final of a Grand Slam was at the French Open in 2016.
At the second half of top half, there are also players who have played against each other, especially in the U.S Open, 2020 campaign. This quarter is full of nursing mothers, which will be bringing memories of some rivalries in the history of Grand Slams.
Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina tops the second quarter facing Varvara Gracheva- who has never advanced past the third round of any Grand Slam. The two-time quarter-finalist of the French Open is hoping to be the winner of a tennis tournament ‘Internationaue de Strasbourg’ before facing the Russian on Sunday.
Also, Elise Mertens, who was one of the quarter finalists of the 2020 U.S Open, will be facing Margrita Gasparyan- who has not exceeded the first round of any Grand Slam. The Belgian’s has not exceeded the fourth round of the French Open, but her highest stage in any Grand Slam was a semi-final in 2018, when she met Svitolina. This raises the hope that Merten will ‘no how’ face the Ukrainian at the later rounds of the quarter.
Two-time Grand Slam champion, Victoria Azarenka might just make yet another tie with either of the two Williams sister, but she will start with a step in facing Danka Kovinic.
The Belarusian mother have played the two American sisters- Venus Williams and Serena Williams- in both the U.S Open and the Italian Open, at which she emphatically beat them to advance to next round, unfortunately for her, could not lift either of the crowns. But, defeating the tennis greats was a great feat for the 2013 French Open semi-finalist.
Even as Venus Williams will be facing Anna Schmiedlova- who has not moved past the third round of a Grand Slam since 2014, Serena Williams will be facing her compatriot, Kristie Ahn.
Both sisters have played together in the Roland Garros, but Serena will always be the ‘hero of the game’- the final of the 2002 French Open will suffice. While Serena has a triplet of the Grand Slam, her elder sister will be hoping to win her first, probably facing each other again. Could Serena be the hero of the ‘sisterly’ tie?
At the first quarter of the bottom half, an American prodigy might put up a fine display due to the past experiences she had. Jennifer Brady, who pulled up a fine form at the 2020 U.S Open, will be up for action against Tauson Clara at the first round of the French Gram Slam. Brady broke through to the final four of the U.S Open without dropping a set- her first in any Grand Slam.
Spain’s Garbine Muguruza will also put up a tough fight in the Roland Garros, but will be starting her campaign against Tamara Zidansek, who has not moved past the second round of any Grand Slam. The German, who has defeated Serena and Venus in two different Grand Slams,met her end at the Italian Open semi finals against Halep. She will be hoping to seek redemption at this year’s edition of the French Open, after she won the title in 2016
In the last quarter of the women singles, Karolina Pliskova will be tied to Sherif Mayar- a new comer at the Roland Garros. Pliskova, after a breakdown at the Italian Open final, which eventually gave Halep an edge to win the Italian tennis crown, the 2016 U.S Open finalist will have to fight for her place in the Roland Garros starting with the Egyptian.
Following her exit in the 2020 U.S Open, Angelique Kerber will be facing Kaja Juven at the first round of the French Open on Sunday. The two-time Grand Slam champion suffered an early exit from the Italian Open and hoping to fight for her place in the Roland Garros.