Good point, that man can be dangerous on clay; he beat Portas in the opening round just a week after TMS Hamburg in 2001, let us not forget. And he has made the last 16 at RG before, losing a tight four-setter to Medvedev, who was after all one of the best clay-courters around... oh who am I kidding, he has no chance. Still, be interesting to see if he does play this year.
Never underestimate Dent on clay. His fitness, strength and endurance on the key points, his repetitive topspin groundstrokes, his willingness to patiently grind out points from the baseline and his fiendishly feathery dropshots, all the hallmark of a budding Roland Garros champion.
Also note Sweden's Thomas Johansson, who is sure to be hungry to add to his Grand Slam tally having just returned from injury. Other players to look out for are clay-loving Dutchman Raemon Sluiter, France's ultimate defensive baseliner Nicolas Escude, and last but not least American Jan-Michael Gambill, whose lightning speed, high-margin shots and calm, patient temperament ensure his status as one of the top contenders.