Re: Most likely combo to win at this years Roland Garros?
I don't agree.
Nadal is still looking the strongest of the men, and his Rome defeat may be a blessing in disguise as he would have been too exhausted if he had won all the lead up events.
Federer has not been able to capitalise and win Rome and continues to look the most vulnerable since 2003. I think he will lose in a quarter or something.
More likely than Federer in my opinion is a new contender. Rome's new champion will be in the mix. Davydenko is looking better this year and so it could be his year to at least make a final.
On the women's side, with Justine in turmoil, I think that the Roland Garros title is totally open.
Justine is a mess at the moment and I doubt she will defend her title, but it is possible. Really needs to win Rome and hopefully beat someone like Serena in a long match en route so she gets mentally on top again.
Serena is of course looking the best since 2002-3 this year but still doesn't convince me on clay. She has only won one clay title in 5 years and has only been beyond the quarters three times in her last 12 clay events.
Maria - won Amelia Island over easy opposition. I just don't think she can win Roland Garros unless all the main contenders lose early.
JJ - also in poor form on clay, not convinced she can challenge.
Kuznetsova - ditto, also hopeless record in finals. Really needs to win Rome to be taken seriously as a contender.
Ivanovic - on paper, she is now the favourite to win Berlin, if she does then she will have the clear psychological advantage going into Rome.
It could be the year for a new Myskina - Dementieva, Safina and Zvonareva should all be confident and why not if the others are all at sixes and sevens!