Novak Djokovic French Open 2022

Novak Djokovic ”suddenly the favourite” for 21st Grand Slam says top analyst

Grand Slam legend Mats Wilander believes that Novak Djokovic is the front-runner to win the French Open and equal Rafael Nadal’s record of 21 Grand Slam titles.

Following last month’s announcement that vaccine passports are no longer required in France and with Nadal’s injury sustained at the Indian Wells Masters, Wilander told Eurosport he believes that Djokovic is the clear favourite to lift the La Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy.

”He is obviously not played any matches this year so far so he is going to be well rested in his mind, in his heart and physically he has been able to set up his training schedule perfectly the way he would have wanted.”

”Of course he would of liked to play more matches in general but if he gets two, three tournaments and maybe 10 to 15 matches to me, he goes into Roland Garros as maybe the favourite to win the tournament, now that maybe Rafael Nadal is not going to have the perfect preparation.”

”I think Novak Djokovic, remember he is the defending champion as well so Novak Djokovic suddenly becomes the favourite.”

Wilander went on to question the likelihood of the ‘Big three’ competing together on the biggest stage again. ”We don’t want to see the race end with Rafael Nadal having a fractured rib, with Roger Federer having surgeries on his body and with Novak Djokovic not being able to play tennis because of the vaccination issue when it comes to COVID.”

”So hopefully we can get all three of them back, healthy in the right state of mind and just for one tournament I would like to see the three of them play again and that is going to be the biggest tournament of all time in the history of professional tennis.”

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