Former Australian Open tournament director Paul McNamee thinks extremely highly of Carlos Alcaraz but adds it's Novak Djokovic who should be considered as the top favorite for the French Open title. Djokovic didn't have a great start to the clay season but he found his game and rhythm in Rome as on Sunday he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-0 7-6 (5) to win his first title of the year.
Djokovic looked great throughout the entire week and ended up winning his sixth Rome title. Alcaraz, who won Barcelona and Madrid, skipped Rome because he wanted to rest after spraining ankle in Madrid. "Novak Djokovic wins Rome without losing a set.
Impressive. With all due respect to the ‘Next One’ Carlos Alcaraz, who’s time will come, the favourite for Roland Garros must now be ‘The One,'" McNamee tweeted.
Novak Djokovic wins Rome without losing a set.
Impressive. With all due respect to the ‘Next One’ Carlos Alcaraz, who’s time will come, the favourite for Roland Garros must now be ‘The One’ — 🎗️ Paul McNamee (@PaulFMcNamee) May 15, 2022
Djokovic sees off Tsitsipas in straight sets
Djokovic came out firing as he broke Tsitsipas three times in the first set to bagel the Greek.
After losing the first set, Tsitsipas bounced back at the start of the second set as he claimed his first break of the match in the fourth game and led 4-1 after the opening five games. Djokovic waa 2-5 down in the second set but he recovered to force a tie-break, in which he converted his first match point to seal a straight-set win.
“I surprised myself I can say. I had a clear game plan and I knew what to expect, so I knew what I had to do, but I did play a perfect first set," Djokovic said in his on-court interview. "After that it was a little tighter.
At this level, one or two points can turn a match and he was then back in the game at 4-1 up." Djokovic lifted his second French Open title last year. Winning Rome is certainly a great confidence boost for Djokovic, who will be aiming for his 21st Grand Slam title at the French Open.