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2019 Roland Garros Mens Preview | Draw Analysis & Predictions

January 24, 2020


The 2019 Roland Garros Mens Draw is out and
for the first time since 2015, all 3 members of the Big Three are competing for the trophy. We’ll examine the draw for each of these
players, and I’ll give my prediction of who i think will win here on GS Tennis News
Today. Novak’s Quarter 2016 champ Novak Djokovic starts his campaign
for his 4th Grand Slam in a row against dangerous 22 year old Hubert Hurkacz who has tallied
wins over Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem during the Sunshine Double. His projected opponent in the second round
is American Sam Querrey, who hasn’t played a match since April’s Houston Championships. Talented Clay Courter Jaume Munar could be
Nole’s 3rd Round opponent but the young Spaniard will have to get by 26th seeded frenchman
Gilles Simon. Denis Shapavolov or Borna Coric could be Djokovic’s
fourth round opponent as the Canadian and Croatian are set to meet the third round of
the tournament. Moving down we see Monte Carlo Champion Fabio
Fognini who has a difficult draw as he plays countryman Andreas Seppi to open, and could
have Federico Delbonis in the second round. Fognini could face 5 seeded Alexander Zverev
in the round of 16 who opens up against John Millman. Should Zverev make it to the Quarters he’s
projected to face Novak. Though it is challenging on paper, I believe
Novak will get through his quarter. His opponents he’s due to face don’t have
that much confidence on the red clay judging by results, and the highest seeded player
in his section, Alexander Zverev has yet to reach a major semifinal. Thiem’s Quarter Last year’s finalist Dominic Thiem begins
his tournament against 22 year old wildcard Tommy Paul. He then could face 28th seeded Kyle Edmund
in the third round followed by 14th seeded Gael Monfils in the 4th. His projected quarterfinal opponent is Juan
Martin Del Potro who has a difficult opening round match against Chilean Nicolas Jarry. The Argentine also has Canadian upstart Felix
Auger-Aliassime, 10th seeded Karen Khachanov, and Lucas Pouille in his section. I believe that Dominic will make it out of
his quarter because Gael is very unpredictable when it comes to majors and usually underperforms. Also, I believe that should he face Juan Martin
Del Potro in the Quarterfinals, the Austrian will fare better as Delpo is just coming off
a knee injury and the best of five sets can truly test ones health. Federer’s Quarter 2009 Champion Roger Federer will play Italian
Lorenzo Sonego in the first round. The Swiss could face even more clay court
specialists as Matteo Berrentini, Diego Schwartzman and Marco Cecchinato are all player he may
face before the quarters. His projected quarterfinal opponent Stefanos
Tsitsipas has a possibly of facing another Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round. However Christian Garin is most likely to
be Wawrinka’s second round opponent as the young Chilean has won 2 clay court titles
this year alone. I believe the Stefanos will weather the storm
and actually reach the semifinal round. I say this because his biggest opposition
Roger Federer does have a slight leg injury that can definitely flare up towards the latter
stages of the tournament. I also believe that Roger has a fairly challenging
draw to deal with. As I mentioned before, Berrettini, Cecchinatio,
and Schwartzman are all very good on clay and very much make it difficult for the Swiss
to reach the last 8. Nadal’s Quarter 11-time champion Rafael Nadal will play German
qualifier Yannick Hanfmann in the first round. Now the big talk of many tennis fans was how
favorable Nadal’s draw is in comparison to the others. I somewhat agree but I believe that Guido
Pella could be a problem for the Spanish great as the Argentine severely challenged him at
Monte Carlo. Rafa’s projected quarterfinal opponent is
Kei Nishikori who could face familiar foe Daniil Medvedev in the 4th round. I believe Kei and Rafa will both reach the
quarterfinals with Nadal advancing to the semifinals. They have played against each other 4 times
on clay with Nishikori only managing to win one set so I think that Nadal will reach the
final four. To round out my tournament predictions, I
believe that it will be a rematch of last year’s finals with Dominic Thiem and Rafael
Nadal facing off. I feel like many people are overlooking Dominic
just because he lost to Novak in the Madrid semifinals. I think that Thiem had a great chance to win
this match as he was up breaks in both sets, but let the opportunities slip from his grasp. I think that should he play Novak next he’ll
be much better prepared and won’t let his opportunities go by. Now should Rafa face Stefanos in the semifinals
I think he’ll be victorious from watching their semifinal last week in Rome. Rafa was much more aggressive and I think
if he can continue to do this during the french open, he will be successful. Therefore I believe that Rafael Nadal will
win the entire French open. Though his form looked shaky throughout most
of the clay court season, he was incrementally getting better and better and looked near
his best in Rome. He was much more aggressive and was more certain
with himself. Also if he ever runs into trouble he has the
comfort of the tournament being best of five sets which makes him even more difficult to
beat. Moving back to the actual draw itself, here
are some interesting first round matchups that I believe you should look out for. The first one is Novak Djokovic vs Hubert
Hurkacz. While I do think that Novak will get past
this match without being pushed to the limit I still believe that the young Polish player
can test the serb. The second match to look out for is Fabio
Fognini vs Andreas Seppi. Both are excellent clay court players and
while Fognini will have the confidence on his side, Seppi is a very dangerous floater
and has the potential of upsetting his compatriot. The third and final match to look out for
is Nicolas Jarry vs Juan Martin Del Potro. Jarry has a powerful yet clay suited game
and can definite cause problems for the Tower of Tandil. Jarry is also in the finals of the Geneva
Open as we speak, so he’l definitely be well prepared. Thats all for this tournament preview. Do you agree with my picks and predictions? Leave your thoughts in the comment section
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6 Comments

  • Reply Top Gear, 50 a gram May 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Gads an american

  • Reply Top Gear, 50 a gram May 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    *big 4

  • Reply jose jordan May 25, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Agree

  • Reply Matt Howard May 25, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    the winner of the men's title will be nadal

  • Reply lexxalexx lexx May 26, 2019 at 7:16 am

    It would be Nadal, Djokovic or Thiem.

  • Reply Patrick Wong May 26, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Semi will be Djokovic, Thiem, Tsitsipas and Nadal. Nadal is the obvious choice, but I think the other 3 guys will have their chances as well.

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