Frances Tiafoe started the 1000 Miami Open very well. The American tennis player made it through the first two rounds he played against Nakashima and Juan Manuel Cerundolo respectively, qualifying for the round of 16 where he will face his other brother Francisco Cerundolo who surprisingly beat Gael Monfils in two sets in the third round.
Tiafoe in the press conference after his last meeting talked about how for other tennis players like him, the absence of the fab three guarantees greater chances of triumphing in a Masters 1000: “The fact that the big three (Nadal, Federer and Djokovic ed) go to fewer and fewer events of this level makes many young players think it is possible to get to these tournaments all the way.
Also, in my case, I think it motivates me a lot to see my compatriots like Fritz, Korda or Opelka doing well because I think I have grown up with them and if I am able to achieve great success, I can too”, concluded the 24 year old from Hyattsville.
In fact, in recent years, if the domination in the slams has almost never succeeded for the next gen against Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, a different speech must be made for the 1000. You want a little because of the absences of the Spaniard and the Serbian and you want because in the Masters you don’t get to the fifth set, last season there were many different winners: Hubert Hurkacz in Miami, Stefanos Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo, Alexander Zverev in Madrid and Cincinnati and Daniil Medvedev in Toronto.
Wilander speaks about Nole Djokovic
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander is of the opinion that Novak Djokovic will be the favorite at the French Open this year, especially if he gets a few matches under his belt in the lead-up tournaments.
“[Novak Djokovic] is going to be well rested in his mind, in his heart. Physically, he has been able to set up his training schedule perfectly, at least in the way that he would want to,” Wilander said. “Of course, he would have liked to play more matches, but if he gets to three tournaments and maybe [plays] 10 to 15 matches, he goes into Roland Garros as maybe the favorite to win the tournament”.
With Rafael Nadal out for the next 4-6 weeks with a rib fracture, the former World No. 1 posited that the Spaniard might not have the “perfect” preparation he would have wanted. “Now that Rafael Nadal is maybe not going to have the perfect preparation, Djokovic suddenly becomes the favorite” Wilander said.
“But he most probably needs a little bit of confidence in some of the tournaments that lead up to the French Open.”