Sunday, 20 October, 2019


Who would win the French Open if Nadal didn't play?

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka reacts as he plays Spain's Guillermo Garcia Lopez during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Monday Who would win the French Open if Nadal didn't play?
Noah Ferguson | 29 May, 2018, 03:55

"Being honest. Exactly the same". Would not be fair for my side.

"In general I played maybe like 20% of what I can play". It's been a long 12 months behind me, but I'm starting to play better, I feel like, in the past couple of weeks. "For me, the victory means exactly the same".

The lead-up events to Roland Garros - Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome - are where we gauge if Nadal will once again be an all-conquering force in the French capital.

Zverev is in the form of his life, and he could produce a thrilling final opposite Nadal if he gets through his half of the draw.

"Novak is one of the best players in our history of this sport", Nadal said. My answer is he's not coming back, he's always there. While not a traditionally hard opponent (especially since Dzumhur doesn't possess any weapons that can hurt Zverev on Clay), this will be the first test for Zverev to see if he's overcome his mental block against Top 50 players, who will likely flood the draw from the third round onwards.

Nadal had previously indicated he was happy to continue after winning the second set - seemingly in a bid to claim victory and ensure a rest day - but the enforced break may have come at an opportune moment as he took his leave under the shelter of an umbrella. Collins came to prominence in March when she reached the semifinals at Miami as a qualifier, but her recent results on clay have been more modest.

In addition to seven-time major champion Williams - whose younger sister, Serena, is not in action on Day 1 as she returns to Grand Slam tennis after giving birth to a daughter - other players slated to compete include defending champ Jelena Ostapenko and reigning U.S. Open champ Sloane Stephens. "Everything is a lot looser, it takes time to get that back to where it once was".

"I'm not thinking about the title, because it's really far". My thing was, you don't know how your body will react, how you will react emotionally. This tournament will probably end with Nadal and/or Djokovic playing, but before the big guys finish the fortnight in France, dozens of lesser-known players will try to make sure they leave Paris with a large paycheck in hand.

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka closes his eyes during a press conference after losing to Spain's Guillermo Garcia Lopez in their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Monday

Clijsters, who will be broadcasting Roland Garros from May 27 to June 10, retired from tennis in 2007.

But she started about as poorly as possible on Day 1 at the year's second major tournament: Tomljanovic held at love for a 5-1 lead at the outset.

The Swiss great's wonderful 16-year streak of not missing a Grand Slam ended in the following year when he withdrew from French Open, citing knee injury.

The 22-year-old British number three did not even bother watching the tournament this time last year, but he now faces the prospect of taking on French 15th seed Lucas Pouille on one of the Paris showcourts on Wednesday.

"Every body reacts differently", she said, of the physical demands.

'He brings a lot of excitement, ' McEnroe admitted.as quoted by The Independent. 'He's very quick, he's not afraid and it's nice to see him doing so well.

"And I think if he's winning that match, there's no chance he's retiring".

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