Re: ROLL ON ROGI, AT ROLAND GARROS!
Handicaping the field by Stephen Tignor
Roger Federer- The world No1 can complete a career Slam by winning in Paris. But he says he has trouble with his footing on RG clay, and he's won just two matches there since 2001. A semifinal run will put him back on the right track.
Lleyton Hewtt- clay-court specialists create their own power, something this counter-puncher and natural hard-courter struggles to do. Last year he worked hard to improve on clay and may be ready to turn the corner in 2005.
Guillermo Coria-Fluid footwork and pinpoint control make Coria the world's best on this surface. He won 37 of 38 matches on clay going into last year RG final. The memory of his collapse in that match is something he'll do anything to erase.
Marat Safin- Safin strated the season with a win in Australia, and he' s adept on all surfaces. Last year at RG he wore himself down in multiple 5-setters; if he's not burn out from the tour and wins efficiently in the early rounds, he'll be dangerous.
Carlos Moya- the 1998 champion is a perennial QFst at the majors. He's got a huge game that's built for clay, but top players know how to take advantage of his high risk runaround- forehand style.
Andy Roddick- While Roddick has won one match at RG since 2001, he seems ready to keep grinding. His serve isn't overwhelming here, though Roddick's coach, Dean Goldfine, is stressing consistency, which can only help.
Gaston Gaudio-Last year's surprise winner may seem like a strong one-Slam wonder candidate, but he's got a well- rounded game with a flowing one-handed bh and a great touch. Look for him to contend again.
Andre Agassi- As we know, the 35-year-old Agassi in great shape. But slogging through 2 weeks of best of 5 -set matches on red clay? That's too much to ask. Surviving the first week is an attainable goal.
David Nalbandian- Mental toughness, counter-punching ability, and a nasty down- the-line two- handed bh make him a dreaded foe, especially on clay. It's about time Nalbandian, a SFst last year, cashed in with a major title.
Rafael Nadal-Nadal has the perfect game for clay: safe, heavy ground strokes, great wheels, and the will to scramble for everything. Still, it's a tall order to expect him to go all the way in his RG debut; look for him to make the quarterfinals this time.
Last edited by Skyward; 05-07-2005 at 04:37 AM.