Novak Djokovic has been advised that Rafael Nadal’s absence from the French Open may give him the enhance he must make historical past. John McEnroe believes Djokovic can be fuelled by the prospect to overhaul Nadal and make Grand Slam historical past. However the American tennis legend additionally believes there are two stars who may threaten the Serb’s hopes, naming Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune as title favourites.
The upcoming French Open is ready to be essentially the most open in years for the lads, with 14-time champion Nadal absent resulting from harm. Djokovic has additionally forged some doubts about his type coming into Paris, as this season marks the primary since 2018 that he has but to carry a title on the clay forward of Roland Garros.
Whereas the world No 3 has not met his ordinary exceedingly-high requirements throughout the clay swing – failing to get past the quarter-final stage of any occasion – McEnroe believes he has obtained the gas he must carry the trophy in Paris. “It’s his quest to be the perfect ever and win essentially the most Majors so proper now it appears like he is the one man left who may break extra data,” he advised Eurosport.
“He is tied with Rafa so that is a gap. He is had a troublesome 12 months and a half in a variety of methods and he is additionally carried out some unimaginable issues. Novak, he is all the time on the lookout for some inspiration, some gas, and he is received some now and he is received a fantastic probability.”
However the seven-time Main champion has additionally warned Djokovic that there are two gamers who may spoil his probabilities of lifting a 3rd trophy at Roland Garros – particularly with Nadal’s absence leaving the “door extra open for any participant that wishes to win this match”.
He continued: “It is way more open, you have got Novak who’s gained it twice, after which it turns into way more large open after that. So, I feel from that standpoint, it is thrilling.” And he gave Djokovic a stark reminder that the Large Three period is coming to an finish, explaining how Alcaraz and Rune have been in a position to do one thing that Alexander Zverev’s technology couldn’t.
“We’re approaching clearly the top of an period. I imply, this has been happening for 15 years, if not longer, so it is unbelievable, however every little thing sooner or later ends,” the retired professional stated. “Novak is 36 now and he appears to be unimaginable for essentially the most half and his physique nonetheless appears to have the ability to do what he desires, however sooner or later, you assume within the close to future, that is going to vary. It’s only a query of how lengthy can you retain going, that is why you are seeing younger guys, lastly…”
Naming Alcaraz as his decide to win the French Open, McEnroe additionally thought that Rune was up there, with the Dane just lately beating Djokovic in Rome. He added: “It is taken nearly a technology and skipped like all these folks that did not win very like Zverev, [Daniil] Medvedev gained one, [Dominic] Thiem gained one. There’s a variety of guys that did not win any you already know, now you bought these 20-year-olds in Alcaraz and Rune, who’s the subsequent man, I decide him because the third or fourth man forward of those different guys.
“The younger bucks are lastly beginning to emerge, however you need to wait and see in the event that they’re mentally able to you already know, Alcaraz proved he was on the US Open however now you need to see if Rune is able to making that step to win one thing like this, however proper now for those who requested me, I’d say Alcaraz can be the slight favorite to win this.”