Tennis fanatics are eagerly waiting for the second grand-slam tournament of the year – Roland Garros 2021 – to kick off.
The French Open will take place after a week of delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. If we take a glance at the Men’s pool for the star-studded event, the underdogs will have a great chance to leapfrog the Big Three.
This is primarily because the French Open men’s draw is a tale of two halves. In simpler words, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer are placed in the top half, whereas the young guns like Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, and Dominic Thiem have landed in the bottom.
Casper Ruud is another youngster who is likely to trouble the Big 3 if he continues to impress in France. The Norwegian superstar was highly impressive in his Monte Carlo and Madrid campaigns. Although, he reached the semi-finals of both events only, but vowed to the tennis fraternity with his skills.
Speaking of stars to look out for, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev are there on the list. Both are making a name for themselves in the tennis world by bagging silverware in recent times. They will be a major threat to the title race.
On the flip side, Tsitsipas will leave no stone unturned to avenge his Barcelona Open loss to Rafael Nadal.
Russia prodigy Aslan Karatsev has made it big in no time, becoming a fan favourite. The 27-year-old tennis star stunned the fans by leaping to the 27th ATP rank from 114th position within only four to five months.
He has shown in his short career that he has the ability, grit, and determination to thump the best tennis players on his day.
The Russian player holds the record for being the first Open Era player to reach the semi-finals in his grand slam debut at the Australian Open.
When and where will Roland Garros kick off?
The Roland Garros 2021 will begin on May 30 and conclude on June 13. The prestigious Stade Roland Garros in Paris will host the major competition.
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Who’s probable French Open winner among Big 3 stars?
Spanish legend Rafael Nadal has had a phenomenal run at French Open throughout his career. He will be looking to win the tournament to reach 21 major singles titles. As for Federer, the Swiss star was hard on himself when asked about his chances at the tournament.
“I’m just realistic that I know I will not win the French and whoever thought I would or could win it is wrong. Of course, crazier things might have happened, but I’m not so sure in the past 50 years at the French Open somebody just rocked up at 40 years old being out for a year and a half and [went] on to just win,” he said.
This makes World No. 1 Novak Djokovic the firm favourite to claim the title. Considering his sublime run in recent years, he has been better of the three and would aim to disrupt Nadal’s path.
If he clinches the French Open title that he won in 2016, the Serb will become the first man to attain Double Career Grand Slams.