Who Is the Favourite Amongst the Next-Gen To Win the French Open 2021?

Published 05/25/2021, 7:54 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 11: A general view inside Court Philippe Chatrier during the mens singles final between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland on day fifteen of the 2017 French Open at Roland Garros on June 11, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)


Players have started entering Paris and things are set for the second Grand Slam of the year, French Open 2021. As always, Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal is expected to continue registering similar results as history portrays. However, as the years have gone by, there have been new names emerging on the tennis circuit.

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From the new generations of players, emerging stars like Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are exciting prospects for the French Open 2021. Two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem surely has a chance to go a step further and lift the title. Younger players like Andrey Rublev and Jannik Sinner can cause a few upsets.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 8, 2021, Germany’s Alexander Zverev with Austria’s Dominic Thiem after winning their semi final match REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev can go the distance at the French Open 2021

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As we are just a few days away from the main draw matches at the French Open 2021, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are in top form. The German player won the Madrid Open, whereas the Greek athlete lifted titles in Monte Carlo and Lyon. Unfortunately, Dominic Thiem has not been in the best of form this season.

However, he is a Grand Slam champion and knows what it takes when the matches are of the best of five sets. Russian talent Andrey Rublev will be high on confidence as he beat Rafa earlier in Monte Carlo.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 18, 2021, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas and Russia’s Andrey Rublev pose with the winners and runners up trophies REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

To beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros will be the challenge

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It is one of the toughest challenges across all sports to beat Nadal on a clay court and Alexander Zverev did that in Madrid earlier this month. Stefanos Tsitsipas played a roller-coaster match against Rafa in the finals at Barcelona, and he did show glimpses of his talent on clay.

Besides, these young guns, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will be a threat to all players. He is the only player to beat Rafael Nadal seven times on a clay court.

In other developments, Swiss star Roger Federer is expected to be part of the French Open 2021. It will be interesting to see how these players perform, especially the players belonging to the next generation. Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas have a good chance of winning their first Grand Slam title.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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