Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge thinks Novak Djokovic surely has to considered as the top favorite for the French Open. Djokovic struggled at the beginning of the clay season but then won Rome without a dropped set.
Djokovic looked like his usual self in Rome and Woodbridge thinks the Serb is where he needs to be with his game. “What he started to produce in Rome is reminiscent of what he has done in previous years, when he’s gone on to win major titles,” Woodbridge told the Australian Open website.
“I truly think he has to go in as favourite, regardless of what Alcaraz has done, and what Nadal has done in the past and even earlier this year.”
Woodbridge picks Djokovic ahead of Carlos Alcaraz
Alcaraz has had a great clay season as he won Barcelona and Madrid leading up to the French Open.
Djokovic has much more experience than Alcaraz on the Grand Slam level and that is one of the reasons why Woodbridge is leaning more towards Djokovic than Alcaraz. “I think it’s actually too much pressure to put on someone his age,” Woodbridge adde.
“He can’t be the favourite when he hasn’t had any experience going deep in majors, because they’re best-of-five sets; it’s a completely different scenario to the three sets he’s been playing at Masters level.
This will be that test we see for Alcaraz whether he is following in the footsteps of Nadal… I’d be very surprised if he did go on to win the French. Yes, he’ll perform well, but it will be a real eye-opener for all of us in the tennis world to see what he’s able to produce.
If he does something special, it is an extraordinary run the young man’s on and it’s going to be fun to watch”. Even though Woodbridge thinks Djokovic is the top favorite, he named Stefanos Tsitsipas when asked who will win it all at Roland Garros.
“I’m going to go with Tsitsipas. He’s not the favourite, but I think he’s the outsider who could take away a Grand Slam,” Woodbridge concluded.