Dominic Thiem will win this year’s French Open title ahead of rivals Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, according to former World number 2 Alex Corretja.
Corretja, a respected analyst and former coach to Andy Murray, who reached two French Open finals himself, believes that the cold conditions at Roland Garros this year will give Thiem the advantage.
Thiem is seeded third in the tournament behind Nadal and Djokovic, but is fresh from his first Grand Slam Championship title win at the US Open just three weeks ago.
Nadal, meanwhile hasn’t played many matches so far this year, but is still the bookies favourite to claim his 13th Roland Garros title. While Djokovic has barely broke a sweat reaching the quarterfinals, not yet dropping a set.
But Corretja, currently working with Eurosport believes Dominic Thiem has the edge.
“He said: “He (Thiem) faced in the first round Marin Cilic where you can maybe believe that it was going to be an uncomfortable match but he showed that he didn’t really care.
“He didn’t play matches on clay before this tournament; that means that he’s got so much confidence.
“In my opinion he is clearly favourite to win the tournament at the moment. Even if it’s Rafael Nadal, even if it’s Djokovic.
“We know that it’s still a while to go, next week etc, and Rafa might raise his level as well but I really see it being very difficult to beat Dominic Thiem in these conditions.”
Thiem claimed his quarterfinal place winning a five set thriller against youngster Hugo Gaston and faces clay court specialist and former quarter finalist Diego Schwartzman next.
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