In a conference call, the former player Arantxa Sanchez Vicario commented on the Roger Federer's chances in the French Open, before the Swiss player's leg injury in the Rome Open. The Swiss withdrew before the quarter-final against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“Roger is a player who can play anywhere," said Sanchez Vicario. "Put him here [pointing to the floor] and he will play. He is a favourite even if not with the top ones like Nadal and Djokovic. He knows he has to be more patient because the surface gets slower but he is a big contender to win, anywhere." Meanwhile, Greg Rusedski commented on Tsitsipas's breakthrough: "You know the moment which Federer broke on and he beat Pete Sampras, that was the moment he announced himself to the world that he could become a Grand Slam champion.
We talked about [Tsitsipas] beating Roger Federer in Australia, but beating Rafa on clay is probably the hardest thing to do. Rafa came into this match like ‘look, I’ve got my mojo back. I played my best match on clay against Stan Wawrinka’.
Tsitsipas played incredibly. He didn’t let Nadal settle on any stage. He was brilliant. He was dictating. He was dominating. He was bossing. We haven’t seen players able to do that to Rafa on odd occasions on this surface.
“The belief in Tsitsipas - the boldness to god or shots and winners. He is willing to grind it out from the back of the court. I thought he was quick, but tonight he was a different level of speed. Considering how much tennis he has played, he is really in amazing shape to have that recovery”.