Rafael Nadal is officially the king of Roland Garros after winning his eighth career French Open title Sunday. David Ferrer also deserves quite a bit of credit for making it to the final as well.
Who will advance further at Wimbledon?
Nadal was easily the top men's player at the second Grand Slam of the year, coming in with more titles than any other player in his era at Roland Garros. While Ferrer didn’t have a ton of success at the French Open in the past, he proved that he’s also one of the top clay players in the world.
But as Nadal and Ferrer leave Paris, what does the future hold for each player when they travel to play at Wimbledon in the next two weeks?
Let’s take a look at how each French Open finalist has done in the past at Wimbledon, how they usually play on grass and what might happen in the coming weeks when Nadal looks to make it back-to-back Grand Slam titles and Ferrer looks to avenge his finals loss at Roland Garros.
Wimbledon is arguably Nadal’s second-best Grand Slam tournament. He’s won the tournament twice in his career—in 2008 and 2010—while he’s only won the Australian Open and the US Open just once apiece. He’s not nearly as feared on grass as he is on clay, but he has held his own in the past.
The 2013 French Open champion has been to the finals at Wimbledon in five of his eight appearances. After winning it all in 2010, he fell to Novak Djokovic in the final a year later and was bounced out of the tournament in the second round last year, getting upset by Lukas Rosol.
Nadal will enter Wimbledon looking to avenge his embarrassing loss in 2012. Coming off a huge victory at Roland Garros, Rafa will certainly be one of the favorites to win the third Grand Slam of the year and his second in about a month’s time.
One major takeaway from the French Open is that Nadal looked very healthy. His knee, which kept him off the court for several months prior to Roland Garros, didn’t look to be bothering him at all. If Nadal’s knee issues are behind him, he’ll be a tough knockout at Wimbledon.
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Over the course of Ferrer’s career, Wimbledon hasn’t been kind to the French Open runner-up. It’s easily his worst Grand Slam tournament, as he’s only made it past the fourth round once despite 10 appearances. His win percentage currently sits at 66.7 percent, as he’s 20-for-30 in his career.
But Ferrer has been getting better and better with experience. In his first few appearances at Wimbledon, he was defeated in the first or second round four out of five times. In his most recent five appearances, he’s lost in the third round twice, lost in the fourth round twice and lost in the quarterfinals once.
A year ago, when Ferrer made it to the quarters, he fell in four sets to Andy Murray, who is one of the top five tennis players in the world. Murray would advance to the final, only to lose to Roger Federer in four sets. While Ferrer has yet to make his mark at Wimbledon, one would assume he’s bound to be even more successful this time around.
The problem with Ferrer is that he doesn’t have a ton of experience on grass. He’s played 30 matches on grass at Wimbledon, but has only played on the surface 15 other times throughout his career. Ferrer has to hope that his recent performance on clay can be repeated when he takes the grass court at Wimbledon.
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