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There are 128 top players who will have a chance to win seven matches and capture Paris' ultimate tennis championship. Very few of these players are legitimate title threats, but there are several dangerous players who can wreak havoc in the first few rounds. One great day and they are capable of wrecking someone else's French Open dreams.
These players will not win the French Open, but nobody wants to play them:
No. 15 Fabio Fognini: The Italian clay-court specialist plays as often as possible on the red clay, and there are days that he is simply fabulous. He has won three mid-level clay-court tournaments. He was a Davis Cup hero in scorching Andy Murray in early April. He has risen steadily the past year and has the strength and potential to win big matches. However, his fiery nature can also be his undoing and he is just as capable of self-destruction. If he gets on a roll, watch out.
No. 8 Andy Murray: He only arrives on this list because of his encouraging battle against Rafael Nadal in the Rome quarterfinals. Murray has never won a clay-court title, but he was a 2011 semifinalist at Roland Garros and he can beat all but the very top players on clay. Maybe he puts together a great run and knocks out a favorite. He is a champion with the experience to close out big matches.
No. 9 Milos Raonic: His serve always gives him a puncher's chance, but his baseline game is good enough on the right days. Although his movement is not great, he does get time on clay to hit his shots. If he is not forced to run and play too much defense, he might take out a favorite.
No. 28 Roberto Bautista Agut: Although not the most famous Spaniard, he has been a surprise at times this year, winning matches against the likes of Tommy Robredo, Tomas Berdych, Jerzy Janowicz, Fernando Verdasco and Juan Martin del Potro. He has had to fight through tough draws and just might be battle-hardened enough to pull off a big shocker.
Other troublemakers could include Robredo, Ernests Gulbis, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Verdasco, Nicolas Almagro and John Isner.
Prediction: One of these players will defeat a top contender.