2024 French Open - General Discussion for Men's Singles

Who will win RG 2024?


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marc45

G.O.A.T.
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Mischa Zverev backs his brother to beat Rafa Nadal at Roland Garros, ‘He will win it because Rafa has become slower and his physical condition is no longer the same’ “Everyone asks me: Mischa, what do you think about the match? Sascha could and should have won the 2022 match. And this time he will also win it because Rafa has become a little slower and his physical condition is no longer the same. The shots remain the same, but the big question is whether he can do them playing five sets. I think that in the end the winner will be Zverev and I hope he finishes in three sets.” Source: https://eurosport.com/tennis/roland-garros-men/2024/exclusive-alexander-zverevs-brother-mischa-backs-him-to-defeat-slower-rafael-nadal-at-french-open_sto20006742/story.shtml
 

marc45

G.O.A.T.
Nadal:"I’m feeling competitive at practice, I can play against anyone. Let’s see if I can do it in professional matches now. This place is magical for me."

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"Is it my last Roland-Garros? It’s very probable yes, but I can’t confirm at 100%. I don’t want to close the door."
 

marc45

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I hope to be clear… » Hilarious moment at Rafa’s press conference because he just keeps hinting that he might keep playing and then he’s like or maybe not. And everybody is just laughing. Rafael Nadal doesn’t want to stop, zero doubt about that. But the body will decide.
 

Ray Mercer

Hall of Fame
My point is, they can still have their day, when the old competitive juices start flowing. If course, they may not even make it, but I think as top player I'd probably rather see a top 50-100 player with a low ceiling rather than a former top champion who just might suddenly rediscover a touch of their old form if their opponent is off their game. (Particularly if it's in an early round where the fatigue hasn't yet set in.) Most likely they will not pose a challenge - but I think you count a true champion out at your peril.
I love Wawrinka but he can't move anymore. All three of those guys are great ball strikers but they cannot move anymore at a professional level. It was clearly evident watching Stan against Diminaur that he was cooked. The moment they're put on the run they're done.
 

chuckersthenut

Hall of Fame
So the winner of Nadal - Zverev might get Perricard a wildcard that just won his first ATP title this week in Lyon. Brutal draw for both guys.
 

Phenomenal

Hall of Fame
When the king of clay speaks then he makes me doubt myself. No doubt! I hope for an epic match for Rafa and Zverev. It is better for tennis if Rafa can comeback. Let’s see what happens. The guy is a legend no matter what so no pressure on him.
Yeah i feel more confident on him too after listening. Nadal can certainly lose this but he can win too. As i said in some thread truth is we don't know his level, improvement lately he didn't talk either.
There is RG factor aswell.

As Rafa said we will see on Monday.
 

Lauren_Girl'

Hall of Fame
It's clearly the most "open" French Open since 2004.

Right now I would vote for Alcaraz but how is his arm? If he isn't injured, he is the top favorite. Zverev should be close 2nd based on his FO history since 2021. Then it's very open. Ruud has a good chance too, if he can get past Djokovic. The experience of his 2 finals will help him if he faces guys like Zverev, Medvedev or Tsitsipas. I still believe in Djokovic. At the end of the day his clay season isn't worse than last year and we saw what happened. This year he made 2 SF including 1 in Monte-Carlo. Last year his best result was a QF in Rome. So... it was in fact worse in 2023. I heard he has been a little ill since Rome. He has a good draw. If he is fit, he has a legit chance to advance. He isn't THE favorite but he's still in the 4-5 top favorites. For me it's clearly between Alcaraz, Zverev, Ruud Djokovic and Sinner. I will be shocked if someone else wins.
 

chuckersthenut

Hall of Fame
Just looking at the Zverev/Nadal quarter. Looks like WW2. But there are good guys this time.

We have the matchup everyone wants to see in 14 time Rolland Garros champion playing the #4 seed Zverev. Zverev is coming off his second Masters 1000 win in Rome. Probably in the top 2- 4 favorites for the tournament itself.

Everyone reading this knows the history of these two and this court. A gruesome injury resulted in Zverev defaulting against Nadal on this same court 2 years ago. Now we have Nadal coming in off extendend down time while Zverev is in top shape winning Rome. When you reflect back the situation is extraordinary no?

It's going to be a battle.

Then there is this kid Perricard that got a wildcard into Lyon. Decided to pull a van rijthoven and win the whole damn thing in typical French fashion (lots of drama). Big serve. Big second serve. Serve and volley on clay. Maybe not so bright but oh well. That's the big lug waiting for you second round (if he can get past Goffin who is no easy out).

Then you have Griekspoor/rich or khachanov waiting for you. What a brutal draw. If Rafa comes through all that then damn.

You know it's funny outside of the usual suspects: Djokovic, Alcaraz, Sinner, the two favorites I had in mind were Zverev and Ruud. Looking at things I believe Ruude received probably the second worst draw for a top seed. His section is full of players that can ball on the dirt.

Poor Rune too. He's an afterthought for this championship and that's enough to be sad about.
 

junior74

Talk Tennis Guru
So...
Sinner - injured
Alcaraz - injured
Djokovic - stomach virus
Nadal - injured person with 14 titles
Rune - injured/ out of form
Rublev - bweh!

Favourites?
Tsitsipas, Zverev, Ruud?

Djokovic playing possum?
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Just catching up on everything, so sad that Thiem didn't get a wildcard and bowed out his career in qualifying. Didn't get the proper treatment he deserved. So disappointing by the tournament frankly.

I'm sure the 80 year old Richard Gasquet or nobody's Atmane, Muller or Hughes-Herbert will do so much better :rolleyes:
 

ojo rojo

Legend
Gasquet is a career choke artist and is damn near 40 years old. That’s a free pass. Wawrinka and Murray are so washed up it’s not even funny. They can’t even win Challengers. I watched Diminaur absolutely embarrass Stan about a month ago. All three of these guys are completely washed up and should not be on the tour anymore.
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Rattie

Legend
Rublev now looking in control against Daniel. Lost the second set on a TB having gone off the boil and his first serve deserting him. Leads 2 sets to 1, on serve at 1-1 in the 4th
Lots of winners from Andrey today
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Rublev now looking in control against Daniel. Lost the second set on a TB having gone off the boil and his first serve deserting him. Leads 2 sets to 1, on serve at 1-1 in the 4th
Lots of winners from Andrey today
Will get through this match but not a confident showing from the Madrid champ. Don’t personally see him making the SF or so but let’s see.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Nadal isn’t a contender for the title. Let’s be real!
But Hurkacz is? Honestly it’s an embarrassment not having Nadal as a poll option especially when you look at some players who were chosen. Pathetic.

Even when Serena came back from child birth I included her in my thread polls because you can’t discount a GOAT. Nadal should be included over half the people in that pool.
 
But Hurkacz is? Honestly it’s an embarrassment not having Nadal as a poll option especially when you look at some players who were chosen. Pathetic.

Even when Serena came back from child birth I included her in my thread polls because you can’t discount a GOAT. Nadal should be included over half the people in that pool.
I agree. To be honest I’m back tracking a bit. I have feeling Nadal could make a mug of me and many tomorrow. If he beats Zverev tomorrow then he’s a contender. I should know not to write him off while he’s in a RG draw. Yeah Hurkacz won’t win.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
I agree. To be honest I’m back tracking a bit. I have feeling Nadal could make a mug of me and many tomorrow. If he beats Zverev tomorrow then he’s a contender. I should know not to write him off while he’s in a RG draw. Yeah Hurkacz won’t win.
Well said. Nadal could and may lose in straights tomorrow but he still should have been in the poll. God knows we've seen players included in polls before that we all knew would lose easily 1R and were of far less calibre than Nadal.
 

Rattie

Legend
Will get through this match but not a confident showing from the Madrid champ. Don’t personally see him making the SF or so but let’s see.
Daniel threatening In this fourth set but Andrey fends off a couple of break points. You’re right, he isn’t looking as confident as he should be. Andrey’s worst enemy is his head.
 

ibbi

G.O.A.T.
Sonego and Humbert turned into a bit of a banger in the last couple of sets. Tremendous atmosphere too.
 

D-Lite

Hall of Fame
Just catching up on everything, so sad that Thiem didn't get a wildcard and bowed out his career in qualifying. Didn't get the proper treatment he deserved. So disappointing by the tournament frankly.

I'm sure the 80 year old Richard Gasquet or nobody's Atmane, Muller or Hughes-Herbert will do so much better :rolleyes:
Yep, and celebrated on court with a cross section of the RG court layers. 2x finalist who pushed the big 3 fairly consistently which very few players have been able to do. Also a major champ so should be getting a WC. Compound that with the fact he's retiring, but still actively playing (not like it was a high chance he was going to retire mid match through injury). I know most of the majors give their WCs to their home players but RG seems to be the most patriotic (not sure if this is the exact word?). This situation makes me think (even as a Brit) that the majors should be capped to 3 home WCs. Having said this, 26 of the ATP's top 200 are French. That's strength in depth right there even if they aren't regulars on the ATP and play a lot of challengers. It's a tough situation as in that case, say you capped them to 3 WCs unless you had more players in the top 200 you'd still have all French WCs and you'd likely have that rule imposed on AO and Wimbledon.
 

D-Lite

Hall of Fame
Sonego and Humbert turned into a bit of a banger in the last couple of sets. Tremendous atmosphere too.
If the French don't have 2 men's players in the R16 given the numbers they have entered it'll show their mediocrity even if they have strength in depth. I'm really hoping Fils shows up at this event and it will be nice if GMP backs up his Lyon title (although I'm low-key more interested to see how he plays on grass).
 

D-Lite

Hall of Fame
Draper down 7-5 6-4 and soon to be 6-5 in the 3rd set to De Jong (Q) of NL.
Not an easy draw finding rhythm at RG when your qualifying opponent has won all 3 of their qualifying matches in straight sets. This is a match I'd still expect Draper to win, if not at least not go down so easily. De Jong is fine tuned from qualies but this is still a disappointment so far for Draper. The only positive I can see is early preparation for the grass season but at this point in his career I don't think it's what Draper needs. Still, a potential positive given he is likely already more comfortable on grass than a big chunk of the tour. Let's see if he can claw this 3rd set back...
 

pcplum

Semi-Pro
Draper down 7-5 6-4 and soon to be 6-5 in the 3rd set to De Jong (Q) of NL.
Not an easy draw finding rhythm at RG when your qualifying opponent has won all 3 of their qualifying matches in straight sets. This is a match I'd still expect Draper to win, if not at least not go down so easily. De Jong is fine tuned from qualies but this is still a disappointment so far for Draper. The only positive I can see is early preparation for the grass season but at this point in his career I don't think it's what Draper needs. Still, a potential positive given he is likely already more comfortable on grass than a big chunk of the tour. Let's see if he can claw this 3rd set back...
Draper survives. At this point I'm not sure De Jong has the legs for the 5-setter here.
 
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