Taking place at the famed Stade Roland Garros, the 2022 French Open will feature the best in the world dueling on outdoor clay courts. Going into this tournament, Novak Djokovic is the defending champion in men’s singles and enters this competition as one of the favorites to repeat. Among the other top contenders, Rafael Nadal is the main favorite in this year’s competition and is seeking his 14th French Open title. One of the most famous competitions in all of tennis, this will be a must-watch event.
Below, SBS will go into more detail regarding the top four challengers vying for the French Open title and who will end up winning it all.
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Heading into the French Open, Nadal has had an amazing start to 2022 after an injury-shortened 2021 campaign. Earlier this year, Nadal won his second-ever Australian Open with a victory over Daniil Medvedev. Prior to his win in Australia, the Spanish ace had last won a Grand Slam Tournament back in 2020 with his 13th French Open title. After notching this victory, he became the second man in the Open Era, after Djokovic, to complete the double career Grand Slam. Also with his Australian Open title in tow, Nadal surpassed a tie held with Djokovic and Roger Federer for the most men’s singles major titles of all-time.
One of the youngest players in the field at just 19 years of age, Alcaraz is looking to defy the odds and lock down his first-ever Grand Slam title in Paris. With a current career record of 61-21, the young Spaniard has been improving at an impressive clip throughout his young career. Alcaraz has already won five ATP Tour singles titles and produced his best Grand Slam performance yet at last year’s U.S. Open by reaching the quarterfinals. He was ranked as high as No. 6 in the world by ATP earlier this year, but will move even higher in the rankings if he can lock down the title in Paris.
Another athlete that needs no introduction, Djokovic is angling for his third French Open title and first back-to-back championship performance at the tournament. With a career winning percentage of over 83% (998-203), the Serbian superstar is a sure thing to advance into the later stages of every tournament he plays in. Currently ranked as the No. 1 player in the world, the stage is set for another showdown with Nadal in Paris, perhaps in the championship round if things fall the right way. One of the greatest players in the history of the sport, the 34-year old will be looking to keep pace in the Grand Slam title race with Nadal as the countdown to Paris continues.
Our last spotlight breakdown, Tsitsipas is another player looking for his first-ever Grand Slam title. After making it to the final round of last year’s French Open, the Greek contender has his sights set on even more at Roland Garros. Currently recognized as the No. 5 player in the world, Tsitsipas has garnered eight singles titles over the course of his career and has been ranked as high as the No. 3 player in the world. A three-time semifinalist at the Australian Open as well, the Greek star is one to watch in Paris, but he still needs to slay one of the two superstar dragons if he wants to win a championship.
Prediction: In what should be another thrilling edition of the French Open, the battle will come down to some familiar favorites. While Nadal has dominated the tournament for the last 15 years, it will actually be Djokovic who takes home the championship again in Paris.
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