2011 French Open mixed doubles champion Casey Dellacqua thinks Novak Djokovic found his game ahead of the French Open but she still named Rafael Nadal as the one who she thinks will win Roland Garros. Djokovic looked far away from his best form at the start of the clay season but he looked great in Rome and ended up winning his first title of the year.
Dellacqua acknowledged Djokovic found his game and rhythm in Rome and that's a worrysome sign for other players. "When I look at Novak, particularly during Rome, he started to hit his forehand really well. And I think once he got that rhythm, you really saw that self-belief.
I get pretty worried for the rest of the field when you can see Novak has got that real sense of self-belief about him, how tough that is going to be for other players to beat him come Paris," Dellacqua told the Australian Open website.
Dellacqua follows her heart and names Nadal as the one who will win the title
When asked about Alcaraz, Dellacqua said the 19-year-old brings the sense of excitement and it will definitely be interesting to see how he does at Roland Garros.
"As a fan of the game, I just think it's so exciting to have someone like Alcaraz. But I think of other players in the men's game, like Tsitsipas, who over the length of a five-setter on a clay-court could really still trouble a lot of players, even Novak and Rafa.
I do think it's going to be a big task for Alcaraz, but I think it's really added the element of excitement to Roland Garros, to see what come to fruition, to see what he does do," Dellacqua said. In the end, Dellacqua was asked directly to name the player who she thinks will win the French Open.
"Even despite injuries, because I always go with my heart for a lot of things, I'm going Nadal," Dellacqua concluded.