2010 French Open: A Complete Preview of the Entire Men's Draw

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2010 French Open: A Complete Preview of the Entire Men's Draw
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As is the case before every major tennis tournament, there is a lot of excitement. There is a lot of excitement because there are 128 players, and 128 potential winners. There is no lead, there is only a vast sea of opportunities. Anything is possible, but in the end there are some players that are more likely than others to advance.

 

Likely Winners:

Roger Federer: His draw may not be easy, but then again no draw ever is. He will start against Australian Peter Luczak, a seven-year veteran who has made it to the third round of a major twice, but never made it out of the first round in three tries at Roland Garros. He is ranked 71st.

Assuming he beats Luczak he will get either Janko Tipseravic, who once took Federer to five sets in a major. He could also face Alejandro Falla, who has never gotten past the second round of a major tournament.

In the third round he will most likely face 27th-ranked Feliciano Lopez. After that he might face the Frenchman Gael Monfils in the round of 16. Any one of his first four matches could pose a threat to the reigning French Open Champion, but he will most likely cruise.

Rafael Nadal: Nadal is the king of the French Open, and has won 31 of his last 32 at this tournament with his one loss coming to now No. 5 seed Robin Soderling.

Nadal will face, and probably beat, French teenager Gianni Mina. His first test might not come until the third round with veteran Lleyton Hewitt, but in reality, that should be an easy match for the aging Australian.

Ivan Ljubicic could create a problem for Nadal in a later round, but he will most likely not face a test until the quarterfinals when he will probably face Fernando Verdasco, with whom he played a five-set classic in Australia last year. 

Novak Djokovic: It was reported that Novak was acting sluggish and possibly injured or ill during his warm ups over the past few days, so this might not end up being the Serbian's second major title, and he will not be helped by his opening round match.

Evgeny Korolev has been a consistent competitor in major tournaments. Victor Hanescu and Sam Querry might arise later in the tournament for Djokovic, who might not be ready to put up seven wins in 15 days. 

Andy Murray: Andy has an extremely hard first-round match with Richard Gasquet, who is not seeded solely because he is coming off a ban for having used cocaine. Marcos Baghdatis and John Isner will lurk in the later rounds for Murray, who might get quite far if he can escape his first round match against the talented and streaking Frenchman, Richard Gasquet. 

 

Dark Horse: 

David Ferrer: Ferrer, a notoriously good clay-court player, could very well be playing his way deep into the second week if he is able to keep playing consistently.

He has the easiest quarter with Murray, and a matchup with Nadal in the semis would be a must-watch. Andy Roddick is in this quarter, but Ferrer will certainly have an advantage over him.

One name to look out for has to be Kei Nishikori, who has beaten Ferrer before at a major, when he dismantled the Spaniard in the fifth set at the U.S. Open.

 

Americans:

Sam Querry:  Likelihood of winning a match: 7/10. Likelihood of going to week two: 4/10. Likelihood of going to final weekend: 1/10. Likelihood of winning: 0/10. 

John Isner:  Likelihood of winning a match: 8/10. Likelihood of going to week two: 5/10. Likelihood of going to final weekend: 1/10. Likelihood of winning: 0/10. 

Andy Roddick:  Likelihood of winning a match: 9/10. Likelihood of going to week two: 6/10. Likelihood of going to final weekend: 3/10. Likelihood of winning: 1/10. 

Michael Yani:  Likelihood of winning a match: 7/10. Likelihood of going to week two: 0/10. Likelihood of going to final weekend: 0/10. Likelihood of winning: 0/10. 

Jesse Witten:  Likelihood of winning a match: 2/10. Likelihood of going to week two: 0/10. Likelihood of going to final weekend: 0/10. Likelihood of winning: 0/10.  

Ryan Sweeting:  Likelihood of winning a match: 4/10. Likelihood of going to week two: 0/10. Likelihood of going to final weekend: 0/10. Likelihood of winning: 0/10. 

Robby Ginepri:  Likelihood of winning a match: 3/10. Likelihood of going to week two: 1/10. Likelihood of going to final weekend: 0/10. Likelihood of winning: 0/10. 

Rajeev Ram: Likelihood of winning a match: 5/10. Likelihood of going to week two: 0/10. Likelihood of going to final weekend: 0/10. Likelihood of winning: 0/10. 

Michael Russell: Likelihood of winning a match: 5/10. Likelihood of going to week two: 0/10. Likelihood of going to final weekend: 0/10. Likelihood of winning: 0/10.

Mardy Fish: Likelihood of winning a match: 6/10. Likelihood of going to week two: 1/10. Likelihood of going to final weekend: 0/10. Likelihood of winning: 0/10. 

Taylor Dent: Likelihood of winning a match: 8/10. Likelihood of going to week two: 2/10. Likelihood of going to final weekend: 0/10. Likelihood of winning: 0/10.

There may be quite a few Americans in the draw, but in reality many of them will not go far. We will probably see most of them in the second round. Only 10 of the 11 can make it, and there will definitely be at least one.

Andy Roddick is the only American with the slightest chance of winning, but it is possible that Isner and Querry could go far. Some sleepers may include hard-hitting Taylor Dent and Michael Yani, but the majority will fall in early rounds. 

 

Prediction for Semifinals

Ferrer vs. Nadal

Federer vs. Murray

Final: Ferrer vs. Federer

Winner: Federer

PLEASE CHECK OUT MY LIVE BLOG OF DAY ONE OF THE FRENCH OPEN. THE BLOG WILL BE COVERING ALL GROUNDS OF THE TOURNAMENT. MEN'S AND WOMENS TENNIS. IT WILL FEATURE GREAT STATISTICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION OF ALL OF THE PLAYERS. IT WILL SURELY ENHANCE YOUR WATCHING OF THE MATCH OR BE A GREAT HELP TO THOSE UNABLE TO DO SO. THE BLOG WILL BEGIN AT 5:00 A.M. EST. 

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