By Lee Dover
Rafael Nadal’s near untouchable reign in the French Open could be under threat, after two of his biggest rivals set the Stade Roland Garros courts on fire.
OK, the fire brigade did not need to be called to the picturesque Parisarena this week, but Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have both certainly been in blistering form in the second Grand Slam of 2012.
Federer has been on a Swiss roll in 2012 after picking up four titles and helped himself to yet another record for the tennis history books while on court in the French Open yesterday (May 30th).
While the former world number one’s 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 win over Adrian Ungur was pretty elementary, it was the victory that saw Federer become the holder of the most Grand Slam match wins.
His 234th Grand Slam victory meant Federer went one better than what Jimmy Connors achieved during his legendary career.
However, maybe someone should tell the Swiss star of the significance of the win.
Shortly after coming off court, Federer told reporters: “I made two bad decisions on break points at the beginning of the third set, and I had started doing that at the end of the second set.”
Alas, it is never a bad thing to want to improve, which makes the 8/1 price on Federer to win the French Open a very tasty bet indeed.
Djokovic may have a thing or two to say about this though, with the Serbian powerhouse aiming to make history himself this year.
Following his spectacular win at the Australian Open back in January, Djokovic is now the only male tennis player in contention for the ‘Golden Slam’ of winning all four majors and the Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year.
How convenient that the Olympic Games falls just as the Serb finds his golden touch.
The world number one is using more than just fate to steer his course into the history books though, with the Serb beating Potito Starace and Blaz Kavcic without sacrificing a single set.
Of course, no one expects Djokovic to go through the entire French Open without dropping a single set, but the 5/2 shot on the Serb nabbing his second Grand Slam of the year come June 10th certainly seems fair for a player in such spectacular form.