French Open 2012 Results: What to Expect from Nadal and Djokovic at Wimbledon
Nadal won for the seventh time in eight years at Roland Garros to further cement his position as the most dominant player in the world on clay.
Djokovic, however, left Paris disappointed after failing to win the French Open to complete his career Grand Slam.
The win, while not necessarily surprising, leaves a lot of questions unanswered as the tennis community prepares for Wimbledon.
It seemed to be Djokovic's time to shine entering the French Open. Had he won, he would have held all four major titles.
But Djokovic struggled a bit in Paris. In the fourth round, Djokovic fell behind two sets to Andreas Seppi before winning three straight sets to win the match. In the quarterfinals, he again needed five sets to put his opponent away, this time against world No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Meanwhile, Nadal tore through the field without batting an eye. The Spaniard did not lose a set en route to the finals. Once he got there, he finally dropped a set. Fortunately for Nadal, he only lost one and was able to easily win the match.
At first glance, there may be cause for concern for Djokovic heading into Wimbledon. Nadal found a way to beat him in Paris and has momentum.
But Nadal will not be as big of a threat this time around. In 2012, Nadal has played four tournaments off clay. In each try, he was unable to secure a win.
Nadal used to be the most dominant and well-rounded player in the world, but Djokovic is now the man to beat. In four tries on hard-courts this year, Djokovic has two wins and has reached the semi-finals in each tournament.
Neither has played on grass this year, and Roger Federer always has the possibility of stealing the grass-court major away from the top two players in the world. But Novak Djokovic is ready to confirm that he is the undisputed best player, and a second-straight Wimbledon title will go a long way to doing just that.
Djokovic will be ready and motivated at Wimbledon. He will be the best player in the tournament and it will be his title to lose. Nadal has a chance, but the odds are against him. Expect great things out of the world's No. 1 player this summer in both Wimbledon and the London 2012 Olympics.
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