‘Novak Djokovic managed to set up his…’ says top analyst
Frances Tiafoe started the 1000 Miami Open very well. The American tennis player has made it through the first two rounds he played against Nakashima and Juan Manuel Cerundolo respectively, advancing to the round of 16 where he will face his other brother Francisco Cerundolo who surprisingly beat Gael Monfils in straight sets in the third tower.
Tiafoe in a press conference after his last meeting explained how for other tennis players like him, the absence of the fab three guarantees greater chances of triumphing in a Masters 1000: “The fact that the big three (Nadal, Federer and Djokovic editor’s note) going to fewer and fewer events of this level makes many young players think that it is possible to go to the end of these tournaments.
Also, in my case, I think it motivates me a lot to see my compatriots like Fritz, Korda or Opelka behaving well because I think I grew up with them and if I am able to achieve great success, I will can too,” concluded the 24-year-old from Hyattsville.
Indeed, in recent years, if the domination in Grand Slams has almost never succeeded for the next generation against Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, a different speech must be held for the 1000. We want a little because of the absences of the Spaniard and the Serbian and you want because in the Masters you don’t get to the fifth set, last season there were many different winners: Hubert Hurkacz in Miami, Stefanos Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo, Alexander Zverev in Madrid and Cincinnati and Daniil Medvedev in Toronto.
Wilander talks about Nole Djokovic
Mats Wilander, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, is of the opinion that Novak Djokovic will be the favorite at Roland Garros this year, especially if he gets a few matches under his belt in the preparatory tournaments.
“[Novak Djokovic] will be well rested in his mind, in his heart. Physically he was able to set up his training program perfectly, at least the way he would like,” Wilander said. “Of course he would have liked to play more games, but if he gets to three tournaments and maybe [plays] 10 to 15 games, he enters Roland Garros as perhaps the favorite to win the tournament.
With Rafael Nadal out for the next 4-6 weeks with a broken rib, the former world No. 1 posited the Spaniard might not have the ‘perfect’ preparation he would have wanted. “Now that Rafael Nadal may not have the perfect preparation, Djokovic suddenly becomes the favourite,” Wilander said.
“But he probably needs a bit of confidence in some of the tournaments leading up to Roland-Garros.”