Belgium's Davis Cup team captain Johan Van Herck commented on Wimbledon favourites: "On the men's side, we have a really talented generation: Djokovic, Federer and Nadal are unbelievably strong. That's fascinating.
But I expect the younger players to rise fast. It's not a warm up like in the previous years. They have to play well from the first round. Serena Williams? If you are not 100 percent involved in your career and you are too busy with off-court problems, then I think she will never hold the Grand Slam titles.
You need to be at 101 percent." On Ashleigh Barty, Van Herck concluded: "It will be a new situation for her as a No. 1. Expectations and pressure will be different. She has an ideal game on grass. She may be the biggest favourite even if it's different on the female side.
Fans appreciate how unpredictable is. Kerber, Pliskova, Kvitova, Williams, Azarenka: many can go far." In an interview during the French Open, the six-time Major winner Boris Becker had spoken about Novak Djokovic. "Most of the players find their ideal shape in the first week and he already found it.
You do not have to underestimate Rafael Nadal who is able to win here because he did it so many times. He will always be the favourite but I do not think Novak is too much behind. He is fit, his first round match impressed me."
On the Roger Federer's comeback in Paris, Becker added: "I am happy he is playing again in the French Open, he is the biggest name of tennis. He played well on clay in Madrid and Rome. He easily won the first round.
As long as Roger enjoys himself, beating him is always tough. Can he go through Nadal in the semifinals? We will learn it in 12 days. I expect the final to be played between Nadal and Djokovic."