Will there be a champion who will take the throne from Nadal and Djokovic?

Roland Garros is running. The previous phase is in dispute and this Thursday (6:45 p.m.) the draw for the final table will be held. The expectation, of course, will be on the trio of favorites: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and the applicant Carlos Alcaraz. But in Paris the best tennis players in the world will meet and the possibility of seeing another take the crown is real.

The Grand Slam from Paris it has only had four different winners in 17 years. The great responsibility for this lies with Rafa Nadal and his 13 Roland Garros titles. The rest of the list is completed Roger Federer (2009), Stanislas Wawrinka (2015) and Djokovic (2016 and 2021). No one of the new age knows what it is to sit on the throne of Philippe Chatrier.

Nadal and Djokovic are still at the foot of the canyon, but not Federer -who only has confirmed his presence in Basel this year-. And Wawrinka, who will be in Paris, cannot be considered a contender for the title. As we said, it is Alcaraz -because of his way of dominating in Barcelona and Madrid- the most dangerous rival for Rafa and Nole.

Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, winners of Roland Garros 2020 and 2021

What other candidates threaten the current kings? Alcaraz will not be the only one, finding a list of tennis players with more experience than him in this Grand Slam and who have been fighting for the overtaking.

Tsitsipas wants revenge

It is the case of Stephens Tsitsipas, finalist of the last edition who came to be 2-0 up against Djokovic. He came back from the Serbian (6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4) and the Greek was left without his crown. He will want to get rid of the thorn this year, being one of the tennis players with the best balance in the current tour of earth: winner in Monte Carlo, semifinalist in Madrid and finalist in Rome.

The beast is recovering

There are more who aspire to write a new name in the Musketeers Cup. It is the case of Alexander Beasts, who arrives in good shape at Roland Garros after a complicated first third of the year. On land, in 2022, he has reached two semifinals (Monte Carlo and Rome) and one final, the one in Madrid that he lost against Alcaraz. His duels against Tsitsipas are being exciting and he will seek his revenge against him for these defeats and the semifinals of the last Roland Garros.

Doubts with Medvedev

The next is Daniil Medvedev, which at the beginning of the year was expected in other conditions at this point. His number 1 was short-lived (only 21 days) and he has been on leave due to a hernia for which he had surgery. He reappeared with a loss to Gasquet this week and, without the clay being his thing, there are many doubts about his performance in this edition of Roland Garros. Last year he reached the quarterfinals, falling to Tsitsipas.

Ruud, Sinner, Thiem …

Finally, it is necessary to consider Casper Ruud. His would be the big surprise, no doubt. The fact that the most he has reached in a Grand Slam has been the fourth round puts him below the rest. In the betting is next, leading a group in which they are Dominic Thiem (finalist in 2018 and 2019) and the Italian promise Jannik Sinner. From there, nothing. Will there be a new champion at Roland Garros?

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