Novak Djokovic's Hot Start Will Propel Him into Final at 2014 French Open

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIJune 2, 2014

May 30, 2014; Paris, France; Novak Djokovic (SRB) in action during his match against Marin Cilic (CRO) on day six at the 2014 French Open at Roland Garros. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY SportsMullane-USA TODAY Sports

Novak Djokovic has been dominating the competition heading into the quarterfinals at the 2014 French Open, and with how well he's been playing so far, it looks like the world's No. 2-ranked player will be heading into the final round.

Through the first four rounds at Roland Garros, Djokovic has dropped just one set, which came against Marin Cilic, who has improved quite considerably with 30 match wins so far this season. In his most recent match, Djokovic made quick work of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, dropping him in straight sets by a score of 6-1, 6-4, 6-1.

With such a dominant performance, Djokovic was quite happy with how he played against Tsonga, according to, saying:

With the support Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has on home soil, I needed to start with a high intensity, good movements and try to get as close to baseline as possible. I prepared well with my team and executed very well. The scoreline was perfect for me and I'm very happy with that performance.

It's quite clear that Djokovic is on top of his game right now, and it's hard to see him falling before reaching the finals.

That being said, Djokovic hasn't had a ton of success at Roland Garros over the years. He's made it to the semifinals each of the last three years, but he's only been to the finals once, back in 2012 when he lost to Rafael Nadal. Djokovic may have six career Grand Slam titles, but right now he's likely more focused on winning his first at the French Open more than winning his seventh Grand Slam.

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 30:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia speaks with the chair umpire during his men's singles match against Marin Cilic of Croatia on day six of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 30, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty
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With so many upsets this year, Djokovic's half of the field looks wide open. The other remaining players on his side of the bracket are Tomas Berdych, Ernests Gulbis and Milos Raonic. Nadal's side looks much more difficult, as he'll be going against names like David Ferrer, Gael Monfils and Andy Murray.

Next up, Djokovic will be taking on Raonic. The two met for the first time earlier this year at the Rome Masters, where Raonic won the first set but lost a hard-fought match against Djokovic. As tennis analyst Brad Gilbert points out, Raonic might be a bigger challenge for Djokovic than Tsonga was.

Still, it'll be hard for Raonic to take down a dialed-in Djokovic. This year, Djoker is already 24-3 with three singles titles, including big wins in tournament finals in one match against Roger Federer and two against Rafael Nadal.

Assuming he advances to the semifinals, Djokovic will take on either Berdych or Gulbis. He's had consistent success against both, going 14-2 against Berdych and 4-1 against Gulbis during his career.

It looks like Djokovic is on his way to the finals, leaving tennis fans hoping that he'll get to take on Nadal, who has won eight of the past nine French Open titles. Djokovic has been eliminated from the French Open the past two years by Nadal, but this would be his ultimate chance for revenge in a series that's been tightly contested over the past few years.

It will be tough for Djokovic to take down the king of Roland Garros, but it looks like he has a great shot at reaching the finals of the French Open for the second time in his career.