Novak Djokovic, a two-time French Open winner, is set to chase his 23rd Grand Slam title as the tournament kicks off on May 28. Despite his less-than-ideal clay-court preparation, Djokovic’s extensive experience at Roland-Garros and his unwavering “champion” mentality position him as a strong contender. Eurosport expert Alex Corretja believes that Djokovic’s previous victories on the Parisian clay and his ability to handle pressure make him a force to be reckoned with.
While Djokovic faced early exits in Monte Carlo and Bosnia-Herzegovina, as well as a withdrawal from Madrid, he reached the quarter-finals in Rome. Despite these mixed results, Corretja emphasizes Djokovic’s remarkable understanding of winning at Roland-Garros and his ability to thrive under pressure. Corretja states, “He knows how to win [at Roland-Garros], he has done it already twice and he has won so many majors… Novak is going to be ready to do well.”
Corretja further praises Djokovic’s mental and physical strength, highlighting his stability and resilience. The expert believes that Djokovic’s focused preparation for the French Open will lead him to reach his peak performance during the tournament. While acknowledging potential challenges, Corretja asserts that Djokovic’s champion mindset and adaptability will propel him forward, making him a formidable contender for the title.
Carlos Alcaraz, the world No. 1 and top seed, has also drawn attention in the lead-up to the French Open. Despite a shocking loss at the Italian Open, Corretja sees this setback as a blessing in disguise for the young Spaniard. He believes the loss provided Alcaraz with valuable rest and rejuvenation, making him fresher and better prepared for Roland-Garros. Corretja explains, “There is no alarm, there are no worries, it is the opposite. It puts him in the situation of being careful because everybody plays very well and you can be surprised by anyone in the tournament.”
Corretja expresses confidence in Alcaraz’s ability to handle the pressure of being the top seed and the main focus for Spanish tennis in the absence of Rafael Nadal. He points to Alcaraz’s experience from the previous year’s French Open and his growth in managing high-pressure situations. Corretja believes that Alcaraz’s increased composure and relaxed mindset, combined with his exceptional talent, will help him navigate through the tournament and perform well on the clay courts of Roland-Garros.
As the French Open unfolds, all eyes will be on Djokovic’s quest for a historic 23rd Grand Slam title and Alcaraz’s rise as a young talent. The intriguing clash between Djokovic’s experience and Alcaraz’s youthful determination promises an enthralling competition that will captivate fans and attract significant attention.