Share this article

‘A Feeling of Revenge’ – 7-Time Grand Slam Champion Feels Novak Djokovic Is Favorite to Win the French Open 2022

Published 05/18/2022, 3:45 PM EDT

Follow Us

via Reuters

Last year’s French Open champion Novak Djokovic is all set to defend his French Open title this year. Incidentally, this will be his very first Grand Slam of the season. Earlier, he missed the Australian Open after a lot of controversy surrounding his non-vaccination. Then, he missed quite a few big tournaments in the USA.

America’s Favorite Video Today

Former Swedish tennis player, Mats Wilander, recently talked about Novak’s chances this year at the French Open. According to him, Novak is looking for revenge, as he will be the favorite to win the French Open. 


Article continues below this ad

Mats Wilander thinks Novak Djokovic will be the favorite to win the French Open 

Notably, the 7-time Grand Slam winner, Mats Wilander, is an expert on Eurosport. Recently, he made a few comments about Novak Djokovic French Open title defense this year, as he feels Novak will take revenge for all the things that happened to him earlier this season.

“I think Novak has to be the favourite. Winning in Rome will be huge for his confidence, but Novak also has a feeling of revenge with everything that happened to him over the past few months that will give him strength,” Wilander said about Novak. 


Get instantly notified of the hottest Tennis stories via Google! Click on Follow Us and Tap the Blue Star.

Follow Us

“He is defending the French Open after not being able to play at the Australian Open, so that’s huge as well. Now that he’s shown he can play tough matches, huge matches, even though he lost to Alcaraz in Madrid, he has shown he can play for a long time,” the Swedish player further said. 

Notably, a lot of experts think Novak will be the favorite to win after his recent success at the Italian Open, where he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.

Novak’s triumph at the Italian Open 

A few days back, Novak clinched his first title of the season, which will definitely give him a lot of confidence for the French Open title defense. Earlier, at the Monte Carlo Masters, he didn’t look in a great rhythm as he lost in the second round. Then he did reach the final of the Serbian Open, where he lost in a competitive match against Andrey Rublev


Article continues below this ad

In the next two tournaments, the Serb showed his true form as he reached the semi-finals at the Madrid Open. Then, he clenched his sixth Italian Open title by beating Tsitsipas in the final. Most importantly, Novak showed his dominance by beating world no.4 6-0 in the first set.

WATCH THIS STORY: Best Trick shots at the US Open by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and others


Article continues below this ad

Incidentally, Novak beat the Greek player last year at the French Open final as well. This year, it will be another challenge for the 20-time Grand Slam champion. However, players like Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal could give him a tough challenge in Paris. 

Can Novak win the French Open this year? Let us know in the comments. 

Providing feedback will help us make your experience better.

The Fan's Perspective

Enjoyed Your Read? Let us know how likely you are to recommend EssentiallySports to your friends!

Least Likely

Most Likely



Written by:

Debkinkar Maity


One take at a time

Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.
Show More>

Edited by:

Arunaditya Aima