Barbara Schett chooses Djokovic and Nadal for the Roland Garros

The former player and Eurosport commentator analyzed the upcoming edition of the Roland Garros

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Barbara Schett chooses Djokovic and Nadal for the Roland Garros
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In an exclusive interview for SuperTennis, former player and Eurosport commentator Barbara Schett talked about the upcoming Roland Garros, explaining how Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal should not be underestimated by young people like Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner. The young Spaniard and the young Italian arrive in Paris after weeks spent more out than on the court, due to their respective forearm and hip injuries. The two are expected to play, but there is uncertainty about their physical conditions.

Novak Djokovic
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"It will be an exciting Roland Garros. It will, I believe, be Rafa Nadal's last time after more than a decade of dominance. Then there's Novak Djokovic who is looking for his best form. Alongside these two legends, there will then be the youngsters: Jannik Sinner, Carlos Alcaraz, and with them the middle generation led by Alexander Zverev who is playing very well. Even though Rafa has won it 14 times, he hasn't played much and I don't know if he will have the chance to win it again. Maybe it will be the turn of a new Slam champion and this will make everything very interesting, but with Rafa and Nole you can never tell. Especially Nadal, who seems to have an edge in Paris. He won the title a couple of times while injured, against Ruud he played with infiltrations in his foot. It will be an uncertain and emotional tournament," told Schett.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal © Getty Images Sport - Mike Hewitt

Talking about Jannik Sinner, Barbara told: "The season is becoming more and more intense. When I was playing it already seemed long to me and we played until the end of October. Today we practically never rest. Last year Jannik finished with the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup and there is no has never stopped. You have to pay a lot of attention to the programming and the tournaments you want to play.

It's dangerous because many players now agree that the season has become very long, but then there are exhibitions like the Laver Cup, tournaments that make you want to be there because of the prize money. On the other hand, however, there are players who play very little in two-week tournaments, lose in the first round and have to sit out many days before taking the court again. Jannik finished late last year and then decided not to play any tournaments before Melbourne."

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport

There is less and less left until what could soon become one of the most uncertain editions of Roland Garros. Djokovic is not going through an easy period both from the point of view of his game and his results. Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz had to deal with some physical problems. Rafael Nadal, on the other hand, should play for the last time the tournament that made him a legend with 14 successes.

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