“Novak, Rafa, and Dominic are Favorites – I Would Put Novak Slightly Ahead”: Mat Wilander Picks For French Open 2020


The French Open 2020 main draw is going to begin on Sunday, while tennis legends and analysts are announcing their favorites one by one. At a stretch, seven-times grand slam champion Mat Wilander foresees Nadal, Djokovic, and Thiem have a chance to become a champion in Paris’s major event. 

Whereas the Spaniard hopes to win his 13th title, the Swedish has anticipated the current Paris weather is not in favor of King of Clay. 

Additionally, Wilander described, “It’s a huge, huge difference for Rafa. This is a huge challenge for him and he’s going to be praying for some kind of Indian summer. For Novak, I think it’s perfect. Novak nearly beat him at that time when it was rainy (2012 final).

Mat Wilander

“But even the field – I think the hard-court players are going to do better because it’s not as slippery when it’s a little wetter and colder, the balls don’t spin as much.” he added. 

“Novak Might Be The Best Player of All Time” – Mat Wilander

Even though Serb was a favorite to win this year’s US Open title, unfortunately, he was disqualified from the event after an unintentional blunder. However, Djokovic bounced back and won the title at the Italian Open since 2015. He is now one of the favorites to win the title at the French Open 2020 

The Hall of Fame member went on to say about Serbian, “He’s so good and he’s so strong mentally when he decides to be. Obviously he could have won the US Open but these things happen. And I think this has given him somewhat of an identity, which he hasn’t really had compared to Rafa, who’s the absolute warrior, and Roger (Federer), who’s this classic, elegant, fans’ favorite wherever he plays.”

Mat also mentioned, “Novak might be the best player of all time and now we have an identity – he’s a little bit the bad boy. I think he’s getting a lot of respect for caring as much as he does. I think it helps him.”

Dominic Thiem qualified for majors finals four times in his career, as long as he captured his first Grand Slam title during this year’s US Open event. Austrian recovered after losing the first two sets against German Alexander Zverev. 

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Wilander said of the US Open 2020 winner, “I think it’s Novak, Rafa, and Dominic who are the three favorites – I would put Novak slightly ahead of the other two. But this is the perfect condition for Thiem. He can hit through a heavy clay court. I think he’s going to be extremely dangerous.”


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