Novak Djokovic has never been the champion at Roland Garros.
The French Open has eluded the #1-ranked Serbian star as Rafael Nadal has historically clamped down on the red clay courts. But as we saw at Monte Carlo, Djokovic is absolutely on fire – no matter what court surface – and Nadal will have his work cut out for him come the French Open in late May. Still it’s tough to completely discount Nadal from his 8th French Open title.
He’s still only 26 years old and appears nearly fully recovered from the various knee issues he experienced last tennis season.
So who’s going to take it?
The past 8 years, Nadal has taken the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. It wasn’t only impressive that Djokovic beat Nadal and ended his reign but in the manner it was done. The final line was 6-2, 7-6(1). While Nadal put up much more of a fight in the second set compared to the first, Djokovic easily handled Nadal in the tie-break and forehanded his way to match point. It was Nadal’s first loss in a decade a...