French Open 2013: Breaking Down Favorites to Win Grand Slam Event

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIMay 25, 2013

May 19, 2013; Rome, ITALY; Roger Federer (SUI) during his match against Rafael Nadal (ESP) in the men's final of the Rome Open at Foro Italico.  Mandatory Credit: Nicolas Luttiau/Presse Sports via USA TODAY Sports
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All of the stars in tennis will be present at the French Open, particularly in the Men’s Singles bracket.

The second Grand Slam event of the season will take place over the next few weeks.  With the event starting up on Sunday, let’s go ahead and look at some of the big favorites to win the French Open in 2013.

Rafael Nadal

This has been Nadal’s event to win over the course of his career.  He’s won the event the last three years and seven of the last eight, with Roger Federer the only other winner during that stretch, back in 2009.  His overall record at this event is 52-1.

There’s little doubt that Nadal is the best clay-court player of all time.  Since his return from a knee injury, Nadal has gone 31-2 on clay this season, with four tournament championships already.

If there’s any player in the field that’s the heavy favorite, it’s Nadal, plain and simple.

Novak Djokovic

The guy that fan will be looking to potentially upset Nadal in this event will be Djokovic.

So far this season, Djoker is 7-2 on clay with a tournament win at Monte Carlo.  He has improved each of the past three years at the French Open, losing in the quarterfinals in 2010, semifinals in 2011 and finals against Nadal in 2012.

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The two will likely go against each other again in the semifinals this year.  In their six meetings against each other on clay, they are tied with three wins each.  The winner of this potential match would advance to the finals and likely be the favorite to bring home the win.

If the two face each other in the semis, it will certainly be a very entertaining match.

Roger Federer

As said earlier, Federer is the only other player to win the French Open in the past eight years.  However, this is Federer’s worst event in the Grand Slam series, with only an 80.6 win percentage at the French Open.  This season, he has yet to win a tournament on clay, going 5-2 in two clay tournaments.

Still, Federer has been to the finals five times in the last eight attempts, with an appearance in the semifinals just last season.  He’s one of the true greats in tennis, and nothing he does should be surprising to even the casual fan.

David Ferrer

While Nadal is the greatest player on clay, Ferrer has enjoyed quite a bit of success himself.  In his career, 10 of his 20 career titles have come on clay.

This season has been a little shaky on clay for Ferrer, going 15-5 with only one title at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires.  He was the runner-up at the Mexican Open and Portugal Open, but was also upset in the very first round at the Barcelona Open.

Ferrer is not a heavy favorite by any means.  However, he has enough career success on clay and looked good enough at this event last year—making it to the semifinals—to warrant some attention in 2013.


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