Nadal and Djokovic gunning for history at Roland Garros

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Updated: May 24, 2012

Roland Garros plays host to the second Slam of the year beginning on Sunday, the French Open. The worlds top two in the mens game, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal could find themselves facing off in the final in 2 weeks time, both attempting to write their names in the history books of the coveted Parisian tournament.

While all the focus will be very much on them, world no. 3 and 16 times Grand Slam winner, Roger Federer, will be very happy to play any part in spoiling celebrations within their respective camps, by lifting his second French open title and adding to his collection of Slam wins. Federer has been in very good form since his semi exit at the US Open in September, when he had the chance to close the match down against the in form Djokovic with 2 match points, however couldn’t quite managed it. Since then the Swiss Maestro has won 7 of his 11 tournaments including 2 Masters titles and the ATP World Tour Finals. More poignantly one of his more recent wins was on clay, at the Madrid Masters suggested he will be a threat on the slower surface.  A win at Roland Garros could see him return to the summit of the mens rankings which is sufficient incentive for Federer to provide a measure of problems to Nadal and Djokovic.

World no. 4 Andy Murray has proved yet again during the build up that his game is clearly not suited the clay surface. Despite the introduction of Ivan Lendl from a coaching side, which has certainly helped the mindset of his game, Roland Garros will not be the scene of his first Slam triumph.

Other possible threats will come in the form of world no. 5 David Ferrer, a superb player on clay and Czech Tomas Berdych. A semi will however be as much as these two can expect.

That leaves the worlds top 2. Rafa Nadal has at the age of 25 already established himself as the greatest clay court player of all time. His preparation this season has been ideal with a 16-1 record, his only loss coming in Madrid to compatriot, Fernando Verdasco. Tournament wins at Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome have increased his tally of tournament wins to 49 and a record 21 Masters series titles. Just to underline his ability on the surface he grew up on, 35 of those tournament wins have been on clay, judging those stunning statistcs a seventh French Open title is more than in his grasp.

World no. 1 Novak Djokovic had one of the greatest years in Tennis the world had ever seen in 2011. He comes into the French as the holder of 3 Slams, a win will put him in rare company of being the winner of all 4 at the same time. Destiny could have already decided the outcome of the French?

The ladies draw could prove to be as exciting. The Williams Sisters are back after a lengthy break, already proving that their power remains a threat to any opponent they face. The much improved Radwanska from Poland has taken the step up, however its difficult to see passed the winner coming from Azarenka, Sharapova winner of the ladies title in Rome, or Wimbledon champ Kvitova.