The tennis pundit Mark Petchey believes that Novak Djokovic is the only player who can upset Rafael Nadal in the French Open. The Brit said: “I would say that there is only one player here who can actually take Rafa out with Rafa playing at his best.
That would be Novak. Rafa has had to adjust his game but [Kei] Nishikori doesn’t have the same serve as Novak. Even if he gets broken, he could still break two, three or four times to get back”. Petchey had predicted that beating Nadal for Kei Nishikori would have been very difficult: “I think it is almost impossible [for Nishikori to win].
Two back-to-back five-setters, he didn’t get a day off either as he had to come back to finish it off against Paire", Petchey said before the match between the Japanese and the Spaniard. “[Nadal] is against somebody who is going to move you dynamically.
The thing is with Rafa is he doesn’t want to play long points”. Meanwhile, the 18-time Grand Slam winner Chris Evert praised Johanna Konta's win over Sloane Stephens: "That was one of the best claycourt matches – ever.
I could not see this coming. But all credit to Jo Konta. I'm speechless. Jo Konta I take my hat off to you. Playing like this, I don't think there is anyone who could beat her”. Sam Smith also praised Johanna Konta's straight-set win over Sloane Stephens in the French Open quarter-finals.
The American said: "There is no-one left in this draw she has not beaten or is not capable of beating. There is not someone like Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova at the top of her game or a Naomi Osaka. That is what is so exciting"