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Roland Garros 2011

This is the culminating activity of the clay season. This is the coronation event for the best player this current season. So who will win this year’s edition of the Roland Garros? The bets are all off, and in the men’s side you only have two competing names, that of Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal. Djokovic is currently on a hot streak and it’s no longer debatable that he is the hottest male player in the world right now. And then there is Rafa Nadal, highly regarded as the ‘King of Clay’, and the defending champion. This will be an interesting Roland Garros this year since there are a number of sub-plots to consider. Just imagine, the acknowledged ‘greatest player of all time’ is not considered as a threat in this major. I think that Roger Federer will fall before the semi-finals, and he will continue his slide on the rankings.

But I like the chances of Rafa Nadal here; the pressure is off as everyone expects that Djokovic will march to his first Roland Garros title. Vamos, Rafa!

Is Maria Sharapova back?

If she is back, then the WTA should be thankful. No matter what her critics say, Maria Sharapova is a fierce competitor and she is always a welcome addition to the mix. Once regarded as a weak player in clay, this season Sharapova proved that she can compete head-on with the best players on clay. The validation to this happened in Rome when she dismantled Sam Stosur and Caroline Wozniacki to win the title. This is her best performance to date on clay. And because of this win, she is considered as a threat at the Roland Garros. This title is the only grand slam that is missing in her collection, and this is one good motivation for the Russian player going into the competition.



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