JNP puts in his two eurocents about the French Open draw

It’s that time of the year again! The time when dirt, grit, and, wit determine who will be champ. Roland Garros 2007 starts this Sunday, with Rafael Nadal and Justine Henin both going for their 3rd straight French Open titles. Nadal will likely face Roger Federer in the finals. Both have lots at stake: R-Fed could complete a “Roger Slam” (i.e., win all four Grand Slam tournaments consecutively) if he triumphs in all of the seven matches on the terre battue. And if Nadal wins the championship, he will extended his world-record clay winning streak on the surface’s biggest stage.

Here are my predictions for the tournament:

Champion, Men: Federer. Originally I thought he would win in 2008, but after his shocking streak-ending win against Nadal, I think he can pull it off this year. On the other hand, I would not be suprised if Nadal won ten of these things.

Champion, Women: Ana Ivanovic. Look for a big break out this year for this Serbian, who has the game to beat an aging Henin, a mentally recuperating Sharapova, and a still out-of-shape Serena Williams. Venus Williams is a non-factor.

Sleepers, Men: Fernando Gonzalez! With all the hype and buzz surrounding Federer, Nadal, and Guillermo Canas the usually highly-regarded Gonzalez may be able to pull off a few upsets and go far in the tournament.

Sleepers, Women: Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova (I put her in the Sleeper category because everyone is convinced she is injured), Elena Likhovtseva, Italian Tathiana Garbin, Tsvetana Pironkova (who has a victory over Venus Williams), and Na Li all have a shot in my opinion.

BRACKETOLOGY:

Women’s quarterfinals: Ivanovic over Kuznetsova, Sharapova over Lucie Safarova, Serena over Henin, and (another) Serbian Jelena Jankovic over Nicole Vaidisova

Women’s semis: Ivanovic over Sharapova, Serena Williams over Jankovic

Finals: Ivanovic over Serena Williams

Men’s quarters: Novak Djokovic over Florian Mayer, Nadal over fellow Spaniard Carlos Moya, Federer over Filippo Volandri, and Gonzalez over Canas

Semis: Nadal over Djokovic, Federer over Gonzalez

Finals: Federer over Nadal

(Do you agree with JNP’s picks? Tell us.)

Tennis Served Fresh is hosting former TennisJuicer JNP as a guest blogger. JNP can be reached at tenniscbh AT gmail DOT com.

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Comments

  1. chris says

    Men’s QFs –
    Federer d Robredo, Chela d Gonzalez, Djokovic d Mathieu, Nadal d Moya
    SFs
    Federer d Chela, Nadal d Djokovic
    Final
    Nadal d Federer

    Women’s QFs
    Henin d Serena, Jankovic d Petrova, Kuznetsova d Ivanovic, Schnyder d Mauresmo
    SFs
    Jankovic d Henin, Kuznetsova d Schnyder
    Final
    Kuznetsova d Jankovic

  2. says

    I disagree with both picks. Nadal is beatable and either Federer or the new Austrian citizen can beat him. As for the women, it is a toss up and my heart is rooting for Amelie. That would have me singing “C’est si bon!”

  3. says

    I am picking Federer to take it all. It’s a tough one though because you can NEVER count Nadal out, especially on clay.

    I think Justine will take the Women’s title but it will not be easy. She will have some tough matches.

  4. says

    mens is gonna be easy… Federer vs Nadal

    my picks for womens QFinal Line-Up

    Justine Henin vs Serena Williams
    Jelena Jankovic vs Nicole Vaidisova
    Ana Ivanovic vs Svetlana Kuznetsova
    Ana Chakvetadze vs Patty Schnyder

  5. says

    ok heres my picks for the womens quarter-final line-up:

    Justine Henin vs Serena Williams

    Jelena Jankovic vs Nicole Vaidisova

    Ana Ivanovic vs Kuznetsova

    Anna Chakvetadze vs Patty Schnyder

    GOOD LUCK GIRLS!!!

  6. says

    my pick is Nadal and Serena. i think Nadal is kinda pissed that Roger beat him last week so he’s gonna come back and say to him 1 win means nothing to u Roger lol.

  7. Mark says

    I fully agree with, I think this just might be Ana Ivanovic’s breakthrough year. She has a decent all-court, all-around game and her forehand earns her a lot of free points. Not your usual up-and-coming brainless baseline-basher. One to watch, this one.

  8. says

    Ana Ivanovic won’t make the final. If she does and Serena is across the net, she’ll lose badly.

    Roger will need Rafa to lose before the final in order to win this title. Hamburg means nothing in Paris.

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