The 2013 French Open is in full swing, and the results thus far at the Grand Slam tournament reflect just how well the top players are fulfilling the already high expectations set for them.
All of the following tennis stars were expected to contend for a French Open title this year, and after several rounds of intense action, it’s clear that these three players are serious contenders to win it all at Roland Garros.
The world No. 1 men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic is having a great start to his 2013 French Open campaign. He beat David Goffin 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 7-5 in the first round, Guido Pella 6-2, 6-0, 6-2 in the second and 26th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 in the third.
While Djokovic has never won a Grand Slam at Roland Garros—the only tournament left to complete his career Grand Slam—the level of play from the tennis star thus far has most experts considering the top seed as the overall tournament favorite.
As great as Djokovic has played, the fact that French Open ace Rafael Nadal is in his half of the draw and Swiss tennis great Roger Federer is still alive in the field means the world No. 1 must play his best tennis of the year if he wants to win.
After failing to win the French Open since 2002, American tennis star Serena Williams has come into Roland Garros this year on a mission to capture another Grand Slam title.
Not only did she beat Anna Tatishvili 6-0, 6-1 in the first round, Caroline Garcia 6-1, 6-2 in the second and 26th-ranked Sorana Cirstea 6-0, 6-2 in the third, Williams dominated 15th-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-3 in the fourth round to advance to the quarterfinals.
Add in the fact that a few of the women’s top stars have already been eliminated and no woman in the 2013 French Open draw looks as strong as Williams, and this is the American star’s tournament to lose.
Spanish star David Ferrer doesn’t get the mainstream love fellow countryman Rafael Nadal has over the years and isn’t who most casual fans think about when it comes to a championship contender, but don’t underestimate just how well he is playing.
Not only did Ferrer beat Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 in the fourth round to advance to the 2013 French Open quarterfinals, he dominated Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in the first, Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 in the second and Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 in the third.
Ferrer is absolutely on fire right now, reaching the quarterfinals in his sixth straight Grand Slam tournament, but it will be how well he is playing on clay right now that ultimately gives the Spanish player his chance to win his first Grand Slam.