French Open 2012 - King of Clay
By Joe, bettingexpert.com | Published
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Rafael Nadal returns to his favourite playing surface at Roland Garros in search for yet another title and yet another record breaking moment in the French Open. He rarely suffers defeat here and last time he did was back in 2009. There is an ounce of faith that both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic could upset the French Open Master.
French Open 2012
From the Australian Grand Slam to the French Open, it’s time for the best male tennis players to fight for the second grand slam tournament of the year. Played on the clay courts of Paris at Roland Garros, the tournament will take place from 28th of May to the Men Finals scheduled for the 10th of June. The defending champion Rafael Nadal, with six French Open titles already with on his name, will return to Paris and head out for another win.
Breaking the Nadal clay mold will be a tough feat, the only time that the Spaniard was denied of a French Open win in the last seven years came in 2009 when Roger Federer picked up the grand slam. Apart from that, 6 of the last 7 years, Nadal has been invincible in the French Open, even Novak Djokovic couldn’t stop him in his superman year in 2011. The Spaniard is one win away in the French Open Final to surpass Swedish Bjorn Borg’s six title and what a record that would be.
Break the Mold
The usual suspects that can break the Nadal dominance are Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, although the Brit isn’t really in form to take on Nadal. His injuries have giving him a tough time and his coach Ivan Lendl would want to assess his player as this is his favorite surface, however not Andy Murray. That really leaves both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovice to spear head the challenge. It is likely that Federer will face Nadal in the final while Djokovic will see Nadal in the final. However, in terms of competing, Federer hasn’t been able to defeat Djokovic on clay while Nadal defeated Djokovic in Rome. Both Federer and Djokovic need to pull their socks off in order to even have the remote chance to compete with Nadal.
The lucky two, Aussie Lleyton Hewitt and American Brain Baker, were granted wild card for this grand slam but also six other French men were amongst the wild carders. However, wild cards to take on Nadal could see threat from Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Juan Martin Del Potro, David Ferrer and Janko Tipsarevic. At this moment, anyone not in the top 4 spots are treated as wild cards.
Let’s make it seven, which is the most likely scenario for the French Open 2012 for Rafael Nadal. His run up to the French Open has already seen him winning the Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Rome, a semi-final appearance in Madrid is to be added. He is king of the clay courts, although as long as it is not blue clay but other than that, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are the only ones to stop him. So full marks for Nadal.
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