The draw has been done and current ATP number 1 Novak Djokovic will be doing his opening match against world number 100 Yen-Hsun Lu. With a title at Roland Garros eluding Djokovic for quite some time now, can 2016 be the year where he will finally take the French Open title?
It seems that Djokovic is poised to take the title this year. For one thing, 16 Grand Slam title holder Roger Federer has said he is out of the French Open. Does that mean the path has already been cleared for the 28-year old Serbian? Well, not quite.
The first match should not be much of a problem. Djokovic has already beaten 32-year old Lu previously. During the fourth round, however, the Serbian is expected to take a bit more pressure as he can find himself facing Spanish 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut on the court.
During the semi-finals, Novak is expecting to go up against the likes of Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem who Federer just lost to during the Rome Masters. Meanwhile, for the finals, everyone can agree there will possibly be a showdown between the Serbian and Andy Murray. Roland-Garros says that what’s tough about going against Murray is that the Scot is “typically consistent.” At the same time, Murray enjoys an 85 percent match winning percentage.
The French open is very important for Djokovic. The Roland Garros trophy is the only remaining major trophy that he is yet to win. If he does score a victory this year, Eurosport reported that Djokovic will become the first man to hold all four Slam titles at the same time since 1969.
This year marks Djokovic’s 12th appearance in the Paris match. Last year, the Serbian’s hopes of a French Open title were cut short following a lost to Stan Wawrinka during Djokovic’s third Roland Garros final.
It remains to be seen if this year will turn out differently for Djokovic.