French Open 2013: Players That Will Exit Early at Roland Garros

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French Open 2013: Players That Will Exit Early at Roland Garros
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The 2013 French Open won't begin until Sunday, but already there are a handful of notable names on upset alert.

While Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams enter the season's second Grand Slam tournament looking invincible, others like 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych have looked vulnerable on the red stuff.

Below we'll highlight a trio of players set for early exits in Paris this summer.

 

Tomas Berdych

Despite recording three consecutive quarterfinal berths at the Australian Open, world No. 6 Tomas Berdych has yet to find consistent success at the French Open.

The 27-year-old Czech star made an impressive run all the way to the semifinals at Roland Garros back in 2010, but has been mediocre on the red clay in Paris ever since, falling in the first round in 2011 and the fourth round a year ago.

Berdych's career record at the French Open is his worst at any major tournament. At 13-9 overall, he's won just 59 percent of his matches at the only clay-court Slam.

While he's been solid at times during this clay-court season, boasting an 8-4 singles record dating back to the start of the Monte Carlo Masters, he's looked incredibly vulnerable in upset losses to Fabio Fognini and Tommy Robredo.

With both Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro out of this year's tournament, the door is open for Berdych to make a deep run. But will he?

 

Agnieszka Radwanska

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Women's world No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska has done little as of late to convince tennis fans that she will be a contender in Paris this summer.

Following early-round upsets in Madrid and Rome, the 24-year-old Polish star will head into Roland Garros with almost zero momentum, which is bad news considering she's never been further than the fourth round at the French Open.

Radwanska bowed out in the third round a year ago, falling to 2009 French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets.

Plus, since reaching the semifinals at the Miami Masters in March, Radwanska is just 1-2 overall, her only clay-court season win coming against Tsvetana Pironkova in the first round of the Madrid Open. Pironkova is currently ranked outside the WTA Top 50.

 

Milos Raonic

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Canadian Milos Raonic is still developing as a player, but don't expect him to make many strides in Roland Garros this summer.

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The 22-year-old Canadian has struggled a bit to this point in the clay-court season. Since reaching the semifinals at the Barcelona Open last month (where he lost in straight sets to Rafael Nadal) Raonic is just 1-2 on clay, losing in the second round at Madrid to Fernando Verdasco and bowing out of the first round in Rome, falling to Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets.

It's really no wonder why Raonic has struggled on clay early in his young career, though. The slower-playing surface neutralizes his monster serve and forces him to become a better mover, which is tougher for him at 6'5". 

Raonic will make his third career appearance at the French Open in 2013 after reaching the third round last year. 

 

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