A look at the leading Mens seeds at the French Open


1 Novak Djokovic The Australian Open champion is bidding to become the first man since Jim Courier to win the opening two Grand Slams of the season but he will have to be at his best to win on the red clay of Paris. Djokovic is the only challenger to Nadal at the French Open but the world number one has struggled during the clay season and will need to find his form if he is to beat Nadal in their likely semi-final matchup.

2 Roger Federer The greatest of all time has rarely been a force on clay and there is little signs that he will be able to add to his solitary French title. Avoiding Nadal and Djokovic until the final gives him a chance but David Ferrer is stronger on clay and if Federer continues his clay court season form even making the semis would be viewed as an achievement.

3 Rafa Nadal It seems hard to believe but only a few months ago Nadal’s career was in doubt. His knee problems had seen him sit on the sidelines for six months but once the clay court season started he dominance of Nadal was as constant as ever. He may be the third seed in Paris but he is the resounding favourite to add to his seven French Open titles. His likely semi final matchup with Djokovic will be billed as the de-facto final.

4 David Ferrer The gritty Spaniard looks like a solid bet to be a finalist with his draw. Ferrer brings few weapons to the table but rarely makes mistakes and is one of the better defensive players in the draw. He has maximised his talents but the 31 year old does not have the weaponry in his armour to win a Slam.

5 Tomas Berdych One of the most inconsistent players on tour. Berdych is as liable to dominate an opponent as he is to lay an egg. On his day he can beat anyone but there is little chance of him maintaining that form for seven consecutive matches. An opening r round meeting with Gael Monfils will be one of the most interesting of the opening round.

6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga The Frenchman, who failed to convert four match points against Djokovic last year, has the talent to win but not the temperament  His defeat last year will make it very interesting to see how he deals with returning to Paris. He has a relatively easy path through the draw so the quarter finals look to be a certainty again for Tsonga but once he gets there he needs to avoid a similar meltdown to 12 months ago.

7 Richard Gasquet Another talented Frenchman who has lacked the mental fortitude to claim the success that his ability warrants. Like Tsonga he has a kind draw so should be week two fixture.

8 Janko Tipsarevic Tough opening match against Nicolas Mahut and the partizan French crowd could make things difficult for Tipsarevic. The big server always puts in a solid effort and rarely suffers an upset defeat but he also rarely causes a shock at the Grand Slam level.

9 Stanislas Wawrinka Has had a strong clay court season-beating Andy Murray, Ferrer and Tsonga-but a tough draw may make it difficult to get through the middle weekend. If he does make it through he will likely face Nadal in the quarters.

10 Marin Cilic The big serving Croatian has never been fully able to fulfill his promise and has been a consistent 10-15 ranked player. He is a solid player that will give his best but will not be a player that the leading figures will fear coming up against.

11 Nicolas Almagro The Spaniard made it to the final in Madrid, beaten by Nadal, but but struggled elsewhere during the clay court rotation. He is an aggressive player capable of moments of magic but his lack of form will make him a player of boom or bust potential this week.

12 Tommy Haas Tennis is supposedly a young man’s game but no one has informed Haas. The 35 years old is in the form of his life and playing as well as he did ten years ago when he reached world number two. With Djokovic seeded to meet him in the quarter final it’s hard to see the German enjoying a fairtale in Paris but making it to that stage will still be seen as a successful fortnight.

13 Kei Nishikori Unlikely to do anything other than play to his seeding and lose in the middle weekend.

14 Milos Raonic The 22 year old is expected to make the breakthrough at Grand Slam soon but until he does there will be question marks about the talented Raonic. Has the weaponary to be a match to all but the leading duo of Nadal and Djokovic.

15 Gilles Simon The Frenchman has a simple style on the court that is a throwback to a different era but what makes him endearing also means that he lacks the neccessary arsenal to challenge at this level.

16 Philipp Kohlschreiber The deceptively hard hitting German is always a tough player to go against and could spring some surprises in Paris.

The Australian Open champion is bidding to become the first man since Jim Courier to win the opening two Grand Slams of the season but he will have to be at his best to win on the red clay of Paris. Djokovic is the only challenger to Nadal at the French Open but the world number one has struggled during the clay season and will need to find his form if he is to beat Nadal in their likely semi-final matchup.
Roger Federer The greatest of all time has rarely been a force on clay and there is little signs that he will be able to add to his solitary French title. Avoiding Nadal and Djokovic until the final gives him a chance but David Ferrer is stronger on clay and if Federer continues his clay court season form even making the semis would be viewed as an achievement.
Rafa Nadal It seems hard to believe but only a few months ago Nadal’s career was in doubt. His knee problems had seen him sit on the sidelines for six months but once the clay court season started he dominance of Nadal was as constant as ever. He may be the third seed in Paris but he is the resounding favourite to add to his seven French Open titles. His likely semi final matchup with Djokovic will be billed as the de-facto final.
David Ferrer The gritty Spaniard looks like a solid bet to be a finalist with his draw. Ferrer brings few weapons to the table but rarely makes mistakes and is one of the better defensive players in the draw. He has maximised his talents but the 31 year old does not have the weaponary in his armour to win a Slam.
Tomas Berdych One of the most inconistent players on tour. Berdych is as liable to dominate an opponent as he is to lay an egg. On his day he can beat anyone but there is little chance of him maintaining that form for seven consecutive matches. An opening round meeting with Gael Monfils will be one of the most interesting of the opening round.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga The Frenchman, who failed to convert four match points against Djokovic last year, has the talent to win but not the temperment. His defeat last year will make it very interesting to see how he deals with returning to Paris. He has a relatively easy path through the draw so the quarter finals look to be a certainty again for Tsonga but once he gets there he needs to avoid a similar meltdown to 12 months ago.
Richard Gasquet Another talented Frenchman who has lacked the mental fortitude to claim the success that his ability warrants. Like Tsonga he has a kind draw so should be week two fixture.
Janko Tipsarevic Tough opening match against Nicolas Mahut and the partizan French crowd could make things difficult for Tipsarevic. The big server always puts in a solid effort and rarely suffers an upset defeat but he also rarely causes a shock at the Grand Slam level.
Stanislas Wawrinka Has had a strong clay court season-beating Andy Murray, Ferrer and Tsonga-but a tough draw may make it difficult to get through the middle weekend. If he does make it through he will likely face Nadal in the quarters.
Marin Cilic The big serving Croatan has never been fully able to fufill his promise and has been a consistent 10-15 ranked player. He is a solid player that will give his best but will not be a player that the leading figures will fear coming up against.
Nicolas Almagro The Spaniard made it to the final in Madrid, beaten by Nadal, but but struggled elsewhere during the clay court rotation. He is an aggressive player capable of moments of magic but his lack of form will make him a player of boom or bust potential this week.
Tommy Haas Tennis is supposidly a young man’s game but noone has informed Haas. The 35 years old is in the form of his life and playing as well as he did ten years ago when he reached world number two. With Djokovic seeded to meet him in the quarter final it’s hard to see the German enjoying a fairtale in Paris but making it to that stage will still be seen as a successful fortnight.
Kei Nishikori Unlikely to do anything other than play to his seeding and lose in the middle weekend.
Milos Raonic The 22 year old is expected to make the breakthrough at Grand Slam soon but until he does there will be question marks about the talented Raonic. Has the weaponary to be a match to all but the leading duo of Nadal and Djokovic.
Gilles Simon The Frenchman has a simple style on the court that is a throwback to a different era but what makes him endearing also means that he lacks the neccessary arsenal to challenge at this level.
Philipp Kohlschreiber The deceptively hard hitting German is always a tough player to go against and could spring some surprises in Paris.

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