There is one hole in Novak Djokovic’s tennis resume — the French Open crown. The tournament starts Sunday, and it is the only Grand Slam title the Serb hasn’t won, and there is some pressure on him to finally break through. Rafa Nadal has won it 9 of the last 10 years, and Roger Federer won it when Rafa slipped up. Djokovic has been a fairly dominant #1 since 2011, and it’s time he stepped and completed the Career Slam (winning all 4 titles). Rafa looks poised to fall again this year, having sustained 5 recent losses during the European clay court season. But those losses were all 2 our of 3 sets, and I woudn’t bet against him when it comes to 3 out of 5 as it will at the French. He’s a fierce a competitor as has ever played.
I’m going to fall into an all too familiar trap, though, and bet on Fed to win his second French title this year. Since Rafa’s seeded 7th, there’s a 50/50 chance Fed or Nole will have to play him in the quarters, if Rafa gets that far. Do the math. I see Rafa beating Fed but losing to Nole. Since there’s only a 25% chance Rafa will play Fed, I see the Swiss getting to the final and beating Novak in a tough 4-setter. Then Fed will go on win Wimbledon, and I would suggest he then retire. But this may all be wishful thinking, and I may well end up losing another Fed/Nole bet to my girlfriend, who has been positively fleecing me on tennis bets recently. I’m taking Fed not in my head but in my heart.
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