Rafael Nadal won a historic 10th French Open title after beating Stan Wawrinka in straight sets at Roland Garros on Sunday. In the process, Nadal showcased his potential to win at Wimbledon.
However, winning at the All England Club will be a tall order, since it will require overcoming the likes of Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and beaten French Open finalist Stan Wawrinka.
Earning history in Paris means Nadal has risen in the rankings, though, per ATP Media Info:
The reference to Federer could prove significant, since these old rivals have been in fine fettle during this calendar year. In fact, Nadal's efforts in the past few months have proved comparable with Federer's early-season form, per BBC 5 live's David Law:
It's a testament to the enduring quality of both players they remain at the pinnacle of the men's bracket in their 30s. Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times saluted the turnaround in form from both players:
Winning again in Paris means Nadal has to be a favourite for Wimbledon, even though his grass-court game has never been as impressive as his performances on clay. His chances of winning at the All England Club can be helped by the inconsistency shown by World No. 1 Andy Murray this year.
Beaten in the last four by Wawrinka, Murray hasn't been at his best for a while. In fact, the Scot is at risk of losing top spot in the rankings.
Even so, Murray is proud of his efforts at Roland Garros and believes his performances on the Paris dirt have prepared him for better things, per BBC Sport's Piers Newbery: "I was close to reaching another Slam final when I was not playing well and feeling really, really bad before the event."
In particular, Murray is readying himself for the grass-court season, starting with the Aegon Championships, per Newbery: "I do feel like having an event like this can give me a boost. On the grass I'll hopefully move well, that's an important part of my game and something I struggled with at a few points during this clay season."
Murray usually saves his best for Wimbledon and can take heart from what he managed at Roland Garros. By contrast, Djokovic has a lot to do to silence his critics after his dismal straight-sets loss to Dominic Thiem at the quarter-final stage.
It was a showing blasted by John McEnroe, per ESPN.co.uk: "He basically gave up. It looked in the third set like he just didn't want to be out there, couldn't compete any more, and that's shocking for a guy that's won as much as he has and prides himself on competition."
Djokovic tried to revive his form with Andre Agassi as his coach, but the pairing didn't seem to work. In fact, the Serb has been urged to appoint a new, full-time coach by former tutor Boris Becker, according to Kevin Mitchell of The Guardian.
Djokovic is under pressure to rebound, but it's a different story in the women's bracket, where a new star emerged at Roland Garros. Jelena Ostapenko announced herself by beating Simona Halep to win the title.
Yet it was the manner of the performance from a player so young that stood out, per Russell Fuller of BBC Sport:
Ostapenko now has the chance to build on her Paris win. It won't be easy, though, since the women's bracket remains unpredictable without dominant player Serena Williams involved.
Halep, Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova will all be vying for a Wimbledon win after proving their talent in Paris.