French Open 2013: Players That Have Found Their Rhythm at Roland Garros

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 29, 2013

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 26:  Roger Federer of Switzerland serves during his Men's Singles match against Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain during day one of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 26, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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The 2013 French Open started off with a bang, and despite the fact that it’s still in the opening rounds, there are already superstars that have found their rhythm at Roland Garros.

Not only is men’s tennis sensation Roger Federer finding his stride, challengers like David Ferrer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are also playing well and looking for a chance to steal the glory.

All of the following tennis stars are playing well thus far at the French Open and will look to continue the domination through the rest of the Grand Slam tournament.


Roger Federer

At 31 years old, the expectations for Roger Federer at the 2013 French Open were surprisingly low coming into the tournament. After two dominant wins over Somdev Devvarman and Pablo Carreno-Busta in the opening rounds, that thought process has changed.

Federer is now a legitimate favorite.

The Swiss star has just one victory at the French Open over his career (14 attempts), but with outstanding play thus far on the clay courts of Roland Garros and Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the other half of the draw, the path to the finals is clear.

Federer will still have to face the likes of Tsonga and Ferrer if he wants to earn his way into the finals of the illustrious tournament, but the dominance he showed Tuesday made it clear that winning is the star’s intention.


David Ferrer

After winning in the first two rounds of the French Open—beat Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 and Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-1, 6-3—it is clear that Spanish star David Ferrer has found his rhythm on the clay of Roland Garros and is looking for a huge victory.

The clay-court specialist thrives on that surface, and with two previous quarterfinals appearances and last year’s semifinals run, this looks to be the year that Ferrer breaks though and makes it to the tournament finals.

As long Ferrer beats the players that aren’t in his league and keeps his composure against the higher-ranked men’s players in his bracket (Federer and Tsonga), there is no question that the Spanish star is playing well enough to win it all.


Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

One of the biggest wild cards of the entire 2013 French Open is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, an enigmatic player that when playing well is as dangerous as anyone in the world.

The bad news for the rest for the field is that Tsonga dominated both Aljaz Bedene and Jarkko Nieminen in the opening two rounds and looks to be playing the best tennis of the year right now on the clay at Roland Garros.

Tsonga’s biggest threats in his portion of the draw will be Ferrer and Federer, but if the French star can keep his composure in front of the home crowd, there is little doubt that Tsonga will make a deep run in this tournament.