The world number one enters Roland Garros having just found his form at the right time after winning Rome and recording positive results in Madrid and Belgrade. Now Djokovic looks to make up for missing the Australian Open as he looks to defend his title in Paris against tough competition.
R4: Diego Schwartzman  | H2H: Djokovic leads 6-0
QF: Rafael Nadal  | H2H: Djokovic leads 30-28
SF: Alexander Zverev  | H2H: Djokovic leads 7-4
F: Daniil Medvedev  | H2H: Djokovic leads 6-4
This draw couldn’t have been any harder for the world number one with Djokovic having to face both Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz before even reaching the final with Alcaraz landing in Zverev’s quarter. Should Djokovic reach the final, the likelihood is that he will have had to play a lot of tennis and could be fatigued heading into the final showdown. Form and history would suggest that it’s not impossible for the Serb to win a 21st grand slam here in Paris but could be one of his more remarkable achievements of his career, should he win Roland Garros this year.
A nice opening couple of rounds for the Russian for him to ease back into best of five set tennis on clay, however facingMiomir Kecmanovic in the third round will be tough. If the Russian can defeat the Serbian than he should be comfortable for the rest of the tournament until the semi-finals, where Tsitsipas is favourite to reach the showpiece event from the bottom half of the draw. A semi-final should be a satisfying result for the US Open champion on his least favourite surface.
Zverev has been given a fairly comfortable draw for the first four rounds and matches that he can slowly build confidence. However Zverev’s chances of reaching beyond the last eight are very slim especially given the way Alcaraz has played throughout this clay court swing. Anything beyond the last eight would be classed as a successful tournament as the German looks to kickstart his 2022 season.
Tsitsipas has a tricky opening round against someone who can test the best players on this surface. However after that it gets easier for the Greek and a last 16 clash against Denis Shapovalov should make for good entertainment. Despite a testing draw, Tsitsipas will fancy his chances to reach a second consecutive Roland Garros final and potentially go one better in 2022.
Roland Garros takes place from the 22 May – 5 June.
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