Tops and Flops of the French Open 2019


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Tops and Flops of the French Open 2019

TOPS Rafael Nadal, 10 and counting. Monstrous on the Parisian clay-courts, his adversaries arrive to his presence as inviting prey. All desperate, unable, terrified by the technical and physical power of the Spaniard. Until he is well physically, it will be impossible to beat him on Court Philippe Chatrier and at the Roland Garros, where is number is now 12.

Roger Federer's Slams record trembles. Paris, se la bonheur! Dominic Thiem, 9. Beating Rafa at the Roland Garros is impossible for anyone. At least this year he managed to win a set in the final. In a few years he will do it, but with such a Rafa it is very hard.

Number 2! Roger Federer, 8. Good placement, but at the end of the games, what good is it to play the clay-swing, if not to take yet another upset by Nadal on the Philippe Chatrier? Wasn't it better to conserve energy for the upcoming grass-season? Incomprehensible choice!

Novak Djokovic, 8. Everyone expected him in the final with Rafa. He lost to Thiem in two days, and the general feeling, after this clay-swing, is of a glass half-less. The real Nole is still in Melbourne. Mystery! Alexander Zverev, 7.

The Roland Garros is the Slam in which he plays well, but beyond to the quarter-finals he cannot go. Limited! Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka, 7. The quarters are a good result for them, ahead of the rest of the season. The hardest part comes on grass-courts. In auge, again!

Ashleigh Barty, 10. She won a tournament in which the stars fell one after the other. She is good at being ready and taking advantage of the opportunity of life, on a surface that is not her favorite. In the right place at the right time!

Marketa Vondrousova, 9. She, Anisimova and Andreescu are the future of the WTA Tour. In the final he pays the little experience and emotion. Growing! Amanda Anisimova, 8. The strongest WTA Tour millennial manages to reach the semi-finals.

There is time for improvement, but if these are the premises, then the future will be amazing for her. Magnifique! Johanna Konta, 8. Her performances are clearly on the rise. On grass-courts she can aspire to something good. Welcome back!

Iga Swiatek and Petra Martic, 7. A surprise the first, a confirmation the second. Applause! FLOPS Simona Halep, 5.5. She arrives at the quarters and at that point she seemed the favorite for the final victory. Mistaken. She is not in a good psycho-physical shape, and now comes the worst part of the season for her, on grass-courts. Wasted, how it happens too often!

Richard Gasquet, 5. It is hard to see him play as far from the baseline. Got worse! Marin Cilic, 5. His negative moment continues unabated. He must be hoping for a miracle during the grass swing, but currently there is no light at the end of the tunnel.

Dark moment! Stefanos Tsitsipas, 5. On a surface that does not fit his tennis, he is beaten by Wawrinka. He is strong, but he has yet to show much. Downgraded! Marco Cecchinato, 4. The biggest disappointment of the tournament. Scaled down!

Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova, 3. Has anyone seen them play? The expectations on them were very high, like those on the Night King in Game of Thrones 8. Any Arya was enough to wipe them out. Disappointing!