|Runner-up, Djokovic and winner, Nadal|
1. Novak Djokovic-will be looking to rebound from last year’s loss in the final to rival, Rafael Nadal. Djokovic has been on a mini losing streak lately, losing to Berdych in the quarters in Rome and previous to that, losing to Dimitrov in the round of 32 in Madrid. If Djokovic has any chance of making the finals and ultimately winning Roland Garros, he will need to be on the top of his game.
2. Andy Murray-will not participate, due to a back injury.
3. Roger Federer-comes into the tournament as one of the favourites like most tournaments he plays in. Federer has had quite a cold streak in France, as he has not won the Roland Garros, since 2009, when he beat Soderling in the final. Federer does not have a trophy to his name in 2013 and winning the French could be sweet.
4. Rafael Nadal-he is back from a recent injury and has been on fire winning six titles in 2013, already. It is good to see Rafa back on the court, tracking down balls, making impossible points and getting the crowd involved. It is what he is best known for. Rafa is also the defending champion.
5. David Ferrer-reminds me of Rafa, with the amount of balls he can track down and return. Ferrer will be looking to make it to the finals this year and there is no reason why he should not believe in himself, especially with Murray and Del Potro not participating.
6. Tomas Berdych-lost in last year’s round of 16 to Del Potro and Berdych knows he can do a lot better, especially with a serve like his. Berdych is yet to win a title this year, after winning two in 2012.
7. Juan Martin Del Potro-will not partake due to a virus.
8. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga-has one title to his name this season and has a 21-8 record so far, but he has been bowing out early in quite a few tournaments. If Tsonga draws a quality opponent early, he could be on his way to a quick exit.
9. Richard Gasquet-won the Montpellier and Doha tournaments this year and he is not a player to underestimate. Nothing too flashy about Richard, he just comes out and plays the game.
10. Janko Tipsarevic-has had a tough go in 2013 so far, with a lot of injury problems. Janko has only played in 22 matches, compiling an 11-10 record. Only made it to the round of 16 in last year’s tournament and may not even make it that far in this year’s edition.
(24) Benoit Paire-for the Australian Open, my dark horse was a 24thseeded Janowicz and let’s say, not much has changed since then, except the name of the player. Paire is a 24 year old from France. His record last year was 26-26 and this year he is already 18-15, with some big wins over very quality tennis players, such as: Del Potro, Simon and Kohlschreiber. I have Paire reaching the round of 16, where he could potential play number three seeded, Rafael Nadal.
Early Match Up To Watch
(5)Tomas Berdych vs. Gael Monfils-Monfils has fallen off the tennis world. I do not say this a match to watch because I think Monfils will win, I say it is a match to watch because Monfils knows how to entertain the crowd and he has great energy for the first two games of the match and then just seems to lose it all. Monfils was ranked seventh in the world, just two years ago.
Top Player To Lose
(25)Jeremy Chardy/(28)Florian Mayer -both have had very average 2013 seasons and both play very quality opponents. Mayer plays Istomin, while Chardy plays Becker.
(1) Djokovic vs. (19) Isner
(3) Nadal vs. (9) Wawrinka
(5) Berdych vs. (23) Anderson
(10) Cilic vs. (2) Federer
(1) Djokovic vs. (3) Nadal
(5) Berdych vs. (2) Federer
(3) Nadal vs. (2) Federer
Ogi is a graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program. He is the founder of Blago Blogger Sports.