" I would put Novak slightly ahead" - Wilander about his French Open winner pick
Mats Wilander spoke about the French Open in an interview and he named Novak, Rafa and Dominic as the three favourites singling out Novak as the most likely to win.
The French Open is set to begin on Sunday and ahead of the event, many people in the tennis world have their own thoughts leading up to it. Seven-time grand slam winner Mats Wilander was asked about his prediction regarding the Roland Garros and he singled out Novak Djokovic as the slight favourite ahead of Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem . Speaking of Novak he said:
"He's so good and he's so strong mentally when he decides to be. Obviously, he could have won the US Open but these things happen. And I think this has given him somewhat of an identity, which he hasn't really had compared to Rafa, who's the absolute warrior, and Roger (Federer), who's this classic, elegant, fans' favourite wherever he plays."
Wilander believes things that happened in New York and Rome are going to suit Djokovic leading up to the French Open. Rafael Nadal will be looking to win his 13th French Open and his 4th consecutive while Dominic Thiem will be looking for his 1st. His best surface is clay and he played in the final the last two years. Wilander believes it will be between the three of them:
"I think it's Novak, Rafa and Dominic who are the three favourites – I would put Novak slightly ahead of the other two. But this is perfect conditions for Thiem. He can hit through a heavy clay court. I think he's going to be extremely dangerous."