Wimbledon 2012: Players Who Will Bounce Back After French Open Failures

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IIJune 23, 2012

PARIS - MAY 29:  Andy Roddick of the United States plays a backhand during the men's singles third round match between Andy Roddick of the United States and Teimuraz Gabashvili of Russia on day seven of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2010 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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The 2012 French Open was full of great moments, wonderful matches and big-time upsets. Some of the best in the world were a part of all three listed.

But most fell short of expectations.

Here are some players who will bounce back after their French Open failures:



Novak Djokovic


Let's be honest here, Novak Djokovic had a great showing at the 2012 French Open making it to the final which was the furthest he ever achieved.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 11:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand during the men's singles final against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day 16 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 11, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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However, if you want to be considered the best tennis player in the world, you have to seal the deal. He didn't, losing to Rafael Nadal in the final.

It was a failure because he couldn't win the crown. 

Now it's back to a more friendly surface—grass. It isn't a hard court, a surface Djokovic loves, but it's still better than clay.

Wimbledon was the place where Djokovic got his swagger one year ago. It was the victory that kicked off his stretch of domination because it proved that he could win on the biggest stage on other surfaces. 

Djokovic simply ran up against a better clay player in Nadal. Plus, it was in the French Open Finals, another area where Nadal dominates. 

Expect a more quality performance throughout for Djokovic at Wimbledon.



Andy Roddick


Andy Roddick lost in the first round at the French Open. It was an absolutely embarrassing performance from a guy who has underachieved in his tennis career.

EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Andy Roddick of USA holds aloft the winner's trophy after defeating Andreas Seppi of Italy in the Men's Final during the AEGON International at Devonshire Park  on June 23, 2012 in Eastbourne, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewit
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Now it's time to rebound.

Wimbledon is a place where Roddick has made three finals in his career. He feels comfortable playing at this event. 

His tune-up for Wimbledon was a success. He won at Eastbourne to win his first tournament in 2012. Expect his success to build great confidence going forward at Wimbledon.

Roddick won't win the tournament, but he will play much better than the French Open. 



Serena Williams 


Serena Williams lost in the first round of the French Open. Yes, you read that correctly.


PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 29:  Serena Williams of USA plays a forehand in her women's singles first round match between Serena Williams of USA and Virginie Razzano of France during day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2012 in Paris, France.
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It was an embarrassing loss by one of the few American contenders in the sport. It was a loss that she believes will motivate her, according to Howard Fendrich of Associated Press.

''Whether I had won in Paris or lost like I did in the first round, I am always extremely motivated,'' she said. ''If anything, you know, I think losing makes me even more motivated."

You can call it a wake-up call or maybe a motivator, but whatever the case may be, it was a loss I can't see happening twice in a row.

Williams will come to Wimbledon with a chip on her shoulder. When she plays with a chip on her shoulder, that's when she's at her best.