Stefanos Tsitsipas is Roland-Garros’ big favorite

Little Easter riddle to attack this Easter Monday: What do Ilie Nastase, Björn Borg, Thomas Muster, Juan-Carlos Ferrero and Rafael Nadal have in common? In fact, it is a two-part riddle. Come on, I’ll give you a hint, because today you don’t have to, you have to eat the eggs you picked yesterday! Okay, okay, I’m in a hurry. This refers to Monte-Carlo and Roland-Garros. To those who found it right away, please don’t say anything, let the others fight a little. Music in suspense … First of all, they are the only ones, finally with Stefanos Tsitsipas now, who have won the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 at least twice in a row. Second, all five have won, at least once, Roland-Garros.

But it goes further. This beautiful world not only prevailed in Paris, but was increasingly in the period of the double Monegasque. Do you see where I come from? Obviously, the double success of Stefanos Tsitsipas automatically propels him as a favorite in Paris. Do you find this phrase shocking? For once, it is not subjective, it is factual and statistical.

The “ox” rating is more of a lamb rating

We already tend to say that the winner of Monte Carlo is placed very favorably for Roland-Garros. What is certain, however, is that whoever gets the double has ALWAYS won at Porte d’Auteuil at least once. Also, to say that Stefanos Tsitsipas is a favorite at Roland Garros is anything but outrageous. I remind you that he was a semifinalist in 2020 and a finalist last year. Not only was he a finalist, but he led two sets to nothing, before Novak Djokovic performed his “vrati se” (raised in Serbian, yes, I’m a polyglot and a citizen of the world). In the end, he already had one hand in the Coupe des Mousquetaires, but he was never able to place the second.

Obviously, Stefanos Tsitsipas is not the only favorite at Roland Garros. Many will endorse this status in Paris. False. Let’s make a small summary, yes, yes, always fast because the chocolate melts in the sun. Rafael Nadal will be one of the favorites, as he always does in Paris. But you know as well as I do that at the moment the rating of the “ox” is more like a lamb. Will it be delivered on time? Knowing the man with 21 Grand Slams, he will only appear on the Philippe-Chatrier track with the sole condition of being competitive. If you have any questions, it will be without him. The other natural favorite is reigning champion Novak Djokovic. But yes, you know what 2022 has a neutral win / loss ratio with 2 games won and 2 games lost. It is very difficult to know where the Serb will be in thirty days. Daniil Medvedev is also out of the moment and, in any case, his Parisian statistics do not speak in his favor: 4 first days and a quarter last year (losing against … Tsitsipas). Alexander Zverev could spend a good fortnight in the 16th district, but from here until he becomes a favorite, I think not!

With all this, I am obliged not to make Stefanos Tsitsipas one of the favorites, but in fact THE favorite.

I think the Greek thinks like me. Before the start of Monte Carlo, he had a climb out of the points category to defend himself. In 2021, then, he won at the Rock, before making the final in Barcelona, ​​fourth in Rome, victory in Lyon and final in Roland! go! By winning the Monaco 1000 Masters again, “Stef” was freed from much of this points defense campaign. Also, his relief at the starting point says a lot about the state of stress he was in.

But the road is still long.

There is a third part of my riddle

The post-match press conference was asked about who won the double in Monaco and therefore also won Roland. To which Tsitsipas replied: “Absolutely, it is very encouraging. I look forward to improving this statistic. »

In this response, we feel ambition but also prudence. You’re right, don’t get carried away. Finally he can’t, I / we can.

Oh yeah, I forgot, there’s a third part of my puzzle: all these players were one day world number one.

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