Roland Garros men’s and women’s finals will be played this weekend and this preview will analyze the chances of all players to win the tournament in the end.
Novak Djokovic defeated Dominic Thiem in straight sets, probably much easier than most of the fans expected. World number one dropped only one set until the final, against Roberto Bautista Agut in the fourth round. That match was played under unbelievable circumstances and lasted for three days, which certainly affected the way Djokovic was playing. Novak didn’t show his A+ game during this tournament, that’s for sure, but his performances were better and better as the tournament progressed.
Andy Murray will challenge world number one in Roland Garros final. He defeated Stan Wawrinka by 3:1 in the semis, but when we look back at the first round match when he was losing by 2:0 against Stepanek, it is remarkable we have him in the finals. Murray didn’t play well in these two weeks, he dropped six sets in six matches and he was in a major trouble against Stepanek, Bourgue and Gasquet. However, he played a very good match against Wawrinka, his best in this tournament so far, but Wawrinka also didn’t come up with expectations, so Murray only took advantage of his weaker performance.
Djokovic leads by 23:10 in head to head matches, but Murray won their last match in Rome, prior to Roland Garros and that was his first clay court victory against Djokovic ever! However, since Wimbledon final 2013, Murray defeated Djokovic only twice, while on Grand Slams Djokovic won all four matches in routine fashion since then. Djokovic is absolute favorite in this match, but the fact he needs only Roland Garros to complete all Grand Slams and that Murray defeated only him in the finals to win his two Grand Slam titles can bring a huge amount pressure on Novak’s back.
Serena Williams will play against Garbine Muguruza for her 22nd Grand Slam title. The American will continue her pursuit of the record of Margaret Court, who won 24 Grand Slam titles in her career, although she won “only” 11 in the Open Era. With another French Open trophy Serena would become equal on the all-time rang list with Steffi Graf, who won 22 Grand Slam titles during her illustrious career.
Garbine Muguruza will play for her first Grand Slam title and she knows the feeling of playing against Serena Williams in the biggest tournaments. They played four times against each other previously and interestingly, all four matches were played on Grand Slams. Muguruza has one victory, exactly on French Open – she defeated Serena two years ago in the second round by 6:2, 6:2. Muguruza also put up a fight in Wimbledon finals last year, but fell in two sets against the much more experienced opponent.
This year, Muguruza qualified for the finals with ease, she lost only one set, in the first round against Schmiedlova. Serena also lost only one set, to Putintseva in the quarterfinals, but she hasn’t shown a spectacular performance. Both players didn’t have a top ten opponent until the final, since all of them were eliminated earlier, so it is relatively unknown how high their form is at the moment. Serena Williams is certainly a favorite, but if anybody can enter the match with realistic chances to win against her at the moment, that’s Garbine Muguruza.