Men's French Open Preview: Underdogs, Contenders, Picks

Mark McCormickContributor IMay 25, 2010

The French Open is now underway. For two great weeks from May 23 to June 6, we will be watching some great clay-court tennis. These are the withdrawals, wildcards, underdogs, and main contenders for this year’s French Open.



James Blake, Juan Martin Del Potro, Gilles Simon, Nikolay Davydenko, Tommy Haas, Igor Andreev.



David Guez, Nicolas Mahut, Laurent Recouderc, Gianni Mina, Ryan Sweeting, Carsten Ball, Josselin Ouanna, Edouard Roger-Vasselin.



Robin Soderling (SEED: 5)

Robin could meet Federer in the quarters, and could end Federer’s 11-match streak against him. I mean he ended Nadal’s undefeated streak last year, right?

Gael Monfils (SEED: 13)

Gael made quite a run last year before falling to Federer in the Quarters, he can meet Federer again and has a chance of upsetting him and ending his semi-final streak.

Juan Carlos Ferrero (SEED: 16)

Juan Carlos Ferrero can meet Novak in the fourth round. The Spaniard has won two clay-court titles and was a finalist in the Albierto Mexicano Open. He won the French Open in 2003, and has a good chance this year with his draw.

David Ferrer (SEED: 9)

David Ferrer’s year on the dirt has been too good. Three semi finals, two finals, and one title this year, all on the clay. He has a good chance in the quarters, most likely to face Andy Roddick or Jurgen Melzer in the fourth round.



Roger Federer (SEED: 1)

Roger Federer has had a shaky clay-court season, losing in the second round in Rome to Ernests Gublis and losing in Estoril semis to Albert Montanes. He reached the finals in Madrid but was shaky all throughout the tournament.

Rafael Nadal (SEED: 2)

Even though Nadal had the early exit in last year’s French Open, he is still the king of clay. Winning Monte Carlo, Rome, and Madrid, he has shown that he is healthy and in top form to win the French. Nadal has yet to be beaten on clay, being 15-0 and trying to improve that record to 22-0 for an undefeated clay-court season.

Novak Djokovic (SEED: 3)

Novak’s year has been solid so far, reaching the quarters in the Australian Open and winning the Barclay’s championship in February. In his clay-court season, he made the semis in Monte Carlo and the quarters in Rome, losing both to Fernando Verdasco. After his loss in Rome, he played in the Serbia Open and retired because of breathing problems; let’s hope he is healthy for Roland Garros.

Fernando Verdasco (SEED: 7)

Fernando’s year has been very well so far, but his showings in Rome and Monte Carlo have been excellent. Fernando Verdasco has been in three clay-court finals and won the Open Sabadell Atlantic not too long ago. Fernando is a main threat in this year’s French Open, and can meet Nadal in the quarters, watch out Nadal!


Quarter Finals Pick

Federer Over Soderling, Tsonga Over Murray, Ferrer Over Djokovic, Nadal Over Verdasco


Semi Finals Pick

Federer Over Tsonga, Nadal Over Ferrer


Finals Pick

Nadal Over Federer