A month at Roland Garros. In fact, minus: 26 days. On Sunday May 22 we start with the second slam of the season and after 2 weeks on clay, with the Masters 1000 in Madrid and Rome on the horizon, it is not forbidden to make an initial balance. Also for things to talk about, the week of tennis b&bBarcelona and Belgrade, has given us several. Carlos Alcarz on one side, Novak Djokovic on the other. The first, very smart. The second, a little less.
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In short, Alcaraz told us, after the Monegasque readjustment, that he is not only ready, but very prepared for Roland Garros. And by very fast we do not mean dismemberment. By very smart we mean winning. His numbers are not random. You do not win 11 finals of 13 plays in your career at all levels (Futures, Challenger, ATP), of which 8 consecutive. You don’t accidentally break into the Top 10 at 18. You don’t become the eighth youngest in the Open era to break the Top 9 wall. Alcaraz is a full-fledged contender that we must now treat as such beyond the identity card. Getting out of this very Italian perspective of “still young” is a useful exercise that we should try to get used to.
And this is not a great sign. Clay is the most expensive of surfaces, Djokovic has played very little this year and not being at his best from a physical point of view does not help the Serb in the next performance of his tennis. He now has a week of filming to try to recharge, then appointments in Madrid and Rome. The feeling is that the gap to be filled is still wide, as are the energies to be confiscated and the leg rolling, which then turns into cement tennis played at high speeds, which Djokovic has never shown so far in all of 2022. In short, it will not be simple or obvious as many hastily claimed when the fall of the restrictions linked to Covid reopened the doors of the circuit to number 1 in the world.
Speaking of people more or less prepared for Roland Garros, a necessary parenthesis on women’s tennis. In Stuttgart, a high-level tournament for several participants, Iga Swiatek showed that racket in pink a dominatrix has it all right. Apart from “missing a fort”. The Polo, No. 1 in the world, is a moving train. In the last 61 days, Swiatek has won 23 games in a row. The last to succeed in such a thing as Serena Williams between Miami and Rome in 2013. We also add another detail, which, as in the case of Alacarz, is a thermometer of the athlete’s stature: performance in the finals. Here, the Swiatek not only made 7 of 7 in finals played from Roland Garros 2020 to today, but he won them literally destroying opponents. 6-4 6-1 for Kenin (RG). 6-2 6-2 for Bencic (Adelaide). 6-0 6-0 for Pliskova (Rome). 6-2 6-0 in Kontaveit (Doha). 6-4 6-1 for Sakkari (Indian Wells). 6-4 6-0 to Osaka (Miami). 6-2 6-2 at Sabalenka (Stuttgart). Now, if you don’t like women’s tennis that’s another thing, but to say you’re missing a top player is bullshit. Iga Swiatek is not strong: he is very strong.
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