French Open 2012: 3 Bold Predicitons for Remainder of Tourney

Tim DohertyAnalyst IJune 2, 2012

French Open 2012: 3 Bold Predicitons for Remainder of Tourney

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    The French Open is always full of upsets. There’s always an underdog who makes a deep run into the tournament that no one expected.

    This year, we’ve already had a few matches that were shocking, to say the least. Maybe nothing has been more unexpected than both of the Williams sisters already being knocked out this early in the tournament.

    There promises to be many more upsets and intriguing storyline in this year’s Open. Here are three bold predictions that will shock the average tennis fan.

3) Roger Federer Will Lose to David Goffin

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    The now 30-year-old Federer is past his prime. No one will deny that. However, he is still a very good player who, based on his history of dominance, will always be given a shot to win any tournament.

    Goffin is a 21-year-old who only was invited to the tournament after another player dropped out.

    Goffin has showed that he can hang with the big boys so far in this tournament, though, advancing to the fourth round to face his idol.

    Federer, who is now 30, has at times had trouble playing with young talented players. His quickness has dropped off in recent years, and many times, it’s been tough for him to keep up for an entire match.

    Federer undoubtedly knows very little about the young Goffin and may look past him. If Federer is looking forward to a potential matchup with Nadal or Djokovic, the young and athletic Goffin will sneak up and defeat the former world No. 1.

2) Victoria Azarenka Won't Make the Semifinals

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    Azarenka has worked her way up to being the No. 1 women’s tennis player in the world. Her talent is undeniable. Although she may not get the notoriety of other players like the Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova, she is at this point the superior player.

    Azarenka struggled mightily in her first-round match with Alberta Brianti. But she was able to come back and barely come out with a victory.

    The 22-year-old Azarenka is still very young and has yet to prove that she has the ability to dominant the field.

    As proven by her narrow escape in Round 1, Azarenka can sometimes lose focus during her matches. Losing concentration in later round against superior competition will ultimately result in a defeat for the world’s No. 1 female player.

1) Rafael Nadal Will Not Win the French Open

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    Despite being ranked No. 2 in the world, there is no one who will say that Nadal isn’t the favorite to win the French Open. He was the winner of last year’s tournament, and he has won three of the last four French Opens.

    His 47-1 record all-time in the tournament and his clay court dominance are simply remarkable. 

    Why would Nadal not win this year then?

    Though many believe that Nadal is unbeatable on clay, he suffered a loss in the Madrid Open less than a month ago. He was defeated by a man that he has never lost to. And in doing so, he showed that he is entirely beatable.

    Nadal’s opponents will gain confidence in their ability to defeat him. Though he will, and has been able to, cruise through the first few rounds, he will be greatly tested when the level of competition increases.

    This is the time for Novak Djokovic to finally break through as the undisputed best tennis player in the world. Now that there is a crack in Nadal’s confidence on clay, Djokovic will seize the opportunity to win the French Open.