Former seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander says Novak Djokovic is his top favorite for the French Open title. Djokovic didn't enjoy an impressive start to the clay season but he looked extremely well in Rome and ended up winning his first title of the season at Foro Italico.
En route to winning Rome, Djokovic didn't drop a single set. Wilander thinks Rome was a big confidence boost for Djokovic, who is hoping to match Rafael Nadal's Grand Slam record of 21 Majors. "For many reasons I have to say Novak (Djokovic).
First because he has just won Rome and that will give him confidence; then because I think he has within him a feeling of revenge after everything that has happened to him in recent months... Not being able to play the Australian Open.
He is the defender of the crown," Wilander told Marca, per Sportskeeda.
Wilander: Djokovic is the favorite
In Madrid, Djokovic reached the semifinal before losing a three-set thriller versus Carlos Alcaraz. Even though Djokovic didn't win Madrid, his level was good and it gave him confidence before Rome.
In Rome, Djokovic further lifted his level and won his first title of the season. "He has proven to himself that he can return to playing long matches despite the defeat to Alcaraz in Madrid. In Monte Carlo he gave a bad impression at the end of his match with Davidovich, he looked tired.
Now he's better and he appears to be. He is the favorite in Paris," Wilander added. After winning Rome, Djokovic said he feels great - both mentally and physically. Djokovic didn't play much at the start of the season and it took him some time to find his playing rhythm and get back into the shape. Now, Djokovic looks very close to his best level and many have him among their top French Open favorites.