French Open draw is GOAT fodder for Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic wasn’t done any favours by the French Open draw but it has thrown the Serbian a fantastic opportunity to strengthen his claim to being the greatest of all time.
Djokovic faces a potential run of dream/nightmare opponents from the last eight onwards starting with what could be a quarter-final epic against Rafael Nadal.
There is some question regarding the fitness of Nadal and his readiness to mount a serious challenge but you’d have to fancy that should he reach the last eight he won’t want to give an inch to his long-time rival.
If Djokovic beats Nadal in the last eight, his reward might be facing Spain’s new star Carlos Alcaraz or failing that a prospective match against Alexander Zverev.
There are some who believe that the draw is lopsided with the bottom half looking decidedly less spicy than the top section.
Still, that bottom half includes World No 2 Daniil Medvedev and perhaps the favourite to make the final from this section in Stefanos Tsitsipas.
If Djokovic and Tsitsipas get to run back their 2021 final in Paris this June, it could prove to be a match for the ages.
Tsitsipas has been in excellent form throughout the clay swing although he has fallen just short of adding to the Monte Carlo Masters title he won when the tour returned to Europe.
On top of the prospect of facing fellow icons and energetic and in-form youngsters in the latter stages of the tournament, Djokovic is someone everyone wants to beat.
His path to the second week won’t be an easy one starting with Yoshihito Nishioka, who would love to claim a first win over the World No 1, even if the odds are stacked against the Japanese player.
Djokovic could also have a rematch of the Serbian Open final in the second round with Alex Molcan taking on Federico Coria in the adjacent bracket.
Grigor Dimitrov is another dangerous player lurking in Djokovic’s section of the draw and a potential fourth-round opponent for the 20-time Grand Slam winner.
Hypothetically Djokovic could claim the 2022 French Open with a sequence of wins over Dimitrov, Nadal, Alcaraz and Tsitsipas which would do his GOAT claims no harm.
‘My tennis inspiration is Novak Djokovic. Because of him, I started to play tennis’
Jakub Mensik names Novak Djokovic his “biggest idol” adding that he “wouldn’t be here” if it wasn’t for Djokovic.
Rafael Nadal set to skip ATP Masters event, but Netflix Slam match against Carlos Alcaraz gets green light
There will be no Miami Open farewell for Rafael Nadal.
Rafael Nadal’s 2024 tennis schedule takes shape with tennis great set to focus on clay-court season
Which tournaments are likely to feature on Rafael Nadal’s 2024 tennis schedule?
Iga Swiatek doesn’t have another epic winning streak on her mind
Iga Swiatek is committed to taking things match by match.
Andy Roddick backs Coco Gauff after bizarre Dubai umpire row
Andy Roddick believes that chair umpire Pierre Bacchi was “completely wrong” in the incident involving Coco Gauff.
Dasha Medvedeva makes honest confession about being married to Daniil Medvedev
Dasha Medvedeva has spoken about what it has been like becoming a parent alongside ATP Tour star Daniil Medvedev.
Staggering price charged by Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz for private sessions revealed
Fans will have to pay a six-figure sum for a private session with the Spanish icons in Las Vegas.
Emma Raducanu reveals her biggest investment as a tennis player
Emma Raducanu has opened up on what it really takes to be a WTA Tour professional.
Emma Raducanu lifts the lid on her daily routine from skincare to mental health
What goes into a day for Emma Raducanu?
Juan Carlos Ferrero addresses if Carlos Alcaraz’s goal to break Novak Djokovic records is a good thing
“They are objectives that he has in the very long term, we know the difficulty that something like that requires.”