French Open 2018: Wimbledon Predictions After Nadal vs. Thiem Results

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IJune 11, 2018

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Austria's Dominic Thiem in three sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, June 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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Rafael Nadal continued his clay-court dominance on Sunday by winning an 11th French Open title after beating Dominic Thiem in straight sets at Roland Garros.

In the women's draw, Simona Halep finally got her hands on a first Grand Slam trophy as she came from a set down to beat Sloane Stephens.

The focus will now turn to the grass courts of Wimbledon, where defending champion Roger Federer is expected to return to action after electing to skip the clay-court campaign.

Former champions Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic could also feature, while in the women's draw, Serena Williams should return after pulling out of the French Open with an injury.

Read on for a look at what might happen at the 2018 Wimbledon championships, which start on July 2.

     

Nadal and Federer Back On Top 

Nadal's French Open win means that the Spaniard and Federer have won the last six men's Grand Slam titles despite being in their 30s. Stuart Fraser at The Times highlighted their dominance:

A Wimbledon win for Nadal would put him on 18 Grand Slams and just two behind Federer as the pair's rivalry shows no sign of ending anytime soon despite both players heading towards the end of their career.

Nadal, 32, dropped only a single set on his way to victory at Roland Garros but has found it tough going on the grass of Wimbledon in recent years. His last victory came in 2010, and he has suffered surprise early defeats to Lukas Rosol, Steve Darcis, Nick Kyrgios, Dustin Brown and Gilles Muller.

The French Open champion is yet to confirm he will definitely play in the SW19 venue, per Mikael McKenzie at the Sunday Express:

"Difficult for me to think about it now. My preparation, I believe, last year went well. And now I have to come back to speak with my team. Of course decide what's better for my body. No, that's the main thing always. I would love to be playing in as many places as possible, but you understand I need to check how I feel in the next couple of days."

Nadal will be a big loss to the tournament if he opts to stay away, although fans will be able to see Federer in action again. The 36-year-old star could even return to the No. 1 spot in the world if he does well at this week's Stuttgart Open, per journalist Jose Morgado:

Federer is one of the favourites to win Wimbledon, according to Murray. The Scot is yet to confirm if he will play after undergoing hip surgery in January, per Jack Wilson at the Sunday Express.

"I'm hoping I will be there [in contention at Wimbledon], but Roger Federer has obviously got a phenomenal record on grass," he said. "He's won seven times at Wimbledon so he'll definitely be up there as one of the favourites, but you never know; it depends a little bit on the draw."

Djokovic's participation is also in doubt after he was knocked out of the French Open by unseeded Marco Cecchinato. The former champion appeared upset after the match and said he did not know if he would play at Wimbledon, as shown by the Guardian:

Elsewhere, Thiem and Alexander Zverev enjoyed strong French Open campaigns and will hope to carry that momentum to Wimbledon. Milos Raonic and Marin Cilic are also tough opponents on the grass and have both reached the final but are yet to lift the famous trophy.

In the women's draw, Halep has eased the pressure on her shoulders after finally winning a first Grand Slam after losing her first three finals.

Halep's coach, Darren Cahill, has said the Romanian enlisted the help of Murray's psychologist, Alexis Castorri, to help land her first major title, per Simon Briggs at the Telegraph.

TOPSHOT - Romania's Simona Halep kisses her trophy, after winning the women's singles final match against Sloane Stephens of the US, on day fourteen of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 9, 2018. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON
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The 26-year-old will hope she can follow in Murray's footsteps by winning more Grand Slams, starting at Wimbledon.

There's plenty of strength in depth in the women's field, and Garbine Muguruza will be out to defend her title. The 24-year-old was beaten by Halep in the semi-finals of the French Open.

Williams is also expected to return after an injury to her pectoral muscle forced her out of the French, according to her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. 

"Within two weeks she should recover and will be able to hit again," Mouratoglou told BBC Radio 5 live (h/t BBC Sport). "Then she has 15 days to do a lot of fitness and improve her speed on court. She should be ready for Wimbledon."

Two-time winner Petra Kvitova will also be a contender, while Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova also look set to contend in what should be a competitive and exciting event.

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