In an interview to Le Temps the former world No. 9 Marc Rosset gave his predictions for the upcoming French Open. The Swiss said: "Nadal stays as the French Open favorite. He won so many times in Paris and he triumphed in an impressive way in Rome...
Over the first years Rafa beat almost everyone, destroying his opponents. This season, he was less prepared due to an injury. But he gained strength over the last weeks. It seems it's opener even if Nadal is the man to beat."
On Roger Federer's recovery from a leg injury that forced him to withdraw from the Rome Open quarter-finals match against Stefanos Tsitsipas, Rosset added: "The injury risk is bigger when you are tired. Roger always tries to be as competitive as possible planning his schedule, but he always wants to play as long as possible.
He wanted to avoid a long break. Federer lacked a bit of rhythm and he trained for three months prior to Wimbledon. He does not necessarily play on clay to win all the tournaments but to be competitive against players like Thiem.
He can improve his level." In an interview to Reuters the former world No. 2 Alex Corretja commented on Rafael Nadal's big chances to win the French Open again. Corretja, who will work as an Eurosport analyst in Paris, said: “I don’t think Rafa needed to win in Rome to prove that he is the toughest guy to beat on clay, but it was a statement for the opponent.
(It was) like ‘ok, I haven’t won as many tournaments as before during the claycourt season but I’m still the toughest guy to beat’, and for his self-confidence and his rhythm and his movement it was very important that he played Rome and he won...
And it’s better that he won in Rome rather than win in Monte Carlo. It’s perfect timing, I think he has reached a crescendo in Rome”.