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With the draw just days away, it's time to start speculating. (Will post it in the OP as soon as it comes out)

Get out your crystal balls, stock up on supplies, create your own cave, shut the blinds, lock up every door and plug in your laptop while logged onto your precious MTF account.

No need for you to leave the house for the following weeks and miss any action on the Battleground of the Gods, and none of the action at Roland Garros as well obviously.


[1]Nadal v Ginepri
Mathieu v Thiem
Qualifier v Mayer
Gabashvili v [30]Pospisil
[21]Almagro v Sock
Johnson v Qualifier
Lajovic v Delbonis
Zopp v [16]Haas

[11]Dimitrov v Karlovic
Qualifier v Brands
Michon v Klahn
Robert v [19]Anderson
[32]Seppi v Giraldo
Monaco v Pouille
Qualifier v Qualifier
Sijsling v [5]Ferrer

[3]Wawrinka v Garcia-Lopez
Mannarino v Lu
Young v Sela
Qualifier v [26]Lopez
[23]Monfils v Hanescu
Olivetti v Struff
Becker v Bellucci
Qualifier v [14]Fognini

[12]Gasquet v Tomic
Hewitt v Berlocq
Ebden v Cuevas
Llodra v [24]Verdasco
[28]Kohlschreiber v Riba
Stakhovsky v Istomin
Matosevic v Brown
Golubev v [7]Murray

[6]Berdych v Qualifier
Devvarman v Nedovyesov
Falla v Paire
Qualifier v [27]Bautista-Agut
[17]Robredo v Qualifier
Montanes v De Schepper
Mahut v Kukushkin
Herbert v [10]Isner

[15]Youzhny v Carreno Busta
Stepanek v Arguello
Qualifier v Benneteau
Kubot v [18]Gulbis
[31]Tursunov v Qualifier
Volandri v Querrey
Qualifier v Qualifier
Lacko v [4]Federer

[8]Raonic v Kyrgios
Rosol v Vesely
Russell v Gonzalez
Qualifier v [29]Simon
[20]Dolgopolov v Ramos
Dodig v Granollers
Haase v Davydenko
Klizan v [9]Nishikori

[13]Tsonga v Roger-Vasselin
Goffin v Melzer
Nieminen v Przysiezny
Estrella Burgos v [22]Janowicz
[25]Cilic v Andujar
Qualifier v Kamke
Chardy v Gimeno-Traver
Sousa v [2]Djokovic

Starring:

The King of Clay

Unquestionably the hot favourite and easy pick for a record setting, earth shaking, GOAT breaking, turkey basting 9th Roland Garros title. However, he's 5-0 against Roger Federer, 5-0 against Novak Djokovic, 1-0 against Andrew "Clayray" Murray on the Parisian Dirt. #1 in the ATP race, hasn't missed a GS final this year, coming off Madrid win and Rome final, he is the 4 time defending champion: RAFAEL NADAL.




The Barbarian

Current #2 in the world, the only man looking like he can pose a challenge to the Bull from Manacor, becoming the first man in almost ten years to beat Nadal on the holy Monte Carlo clay, adding to his impressive collection of masters shields. Only the Cincinnati trophy continues to elude him (but not for long). Another trophy that's missing, is the Coupe des Mousquetaires, with Nadal having a stranglehold on that title.Looking to complete his Career Grand Slam and will not be easily denied: NOVAK DJOKOVIC.



The Fed Express

Old, but not forgotten. Started off his 2014 campaign poorly, but slowly is finding form with a decent showing in MC. Is he peaking just in time for that second French Open title? Surely the finest moment of his career was on Court Philippe Chatrier cementing his legacy among the greatest players of all time. Is going for a record breaking 18th slam title, he hasn't fallen just yet and has another slam left in him, never count him out: ROGER FEDERER.




The Vulture

Unfortunate nickname for one of the greatest fighters on the ATP tour. Has defeated Nadal again on the red stuff this year and left a little dent in his armor. Is he saving it all for the Big One? Looking to reach his second RG final, and you have to like his chances. Ran into a red hot Nadal last year in the finals. Wants to improve his record here and shed his nickname once and for all. Arguably the fittest player around, he will never ever give up: DAVID FERRER.





Dark Horses

KEI NISHIKORI. Hart of a Samurai but a body made of glass. Had showed great clay performance while winning Barcelona and toying with Rafa in Madrid final until an injury stroke again. Some beautiful, Djoko-like BH angles and accuracy. Could bring pain but only if healthy.

ERNESTS GULBIS. A point away from dishing out a bagel to the King of Clay. Scary good at times. No one will want to see him anywhere near him in the draw. Real #8.

JO-WILFRIED TSONGA. Boom, Boom, Becker, you say? This guy is even better, it's STRONGA, it's BOMBGA! A point away 2 years ago against No2e, always dangerous. The crowd's favourite.

TOMAS BERDYCH. Has several notable slam wins, finally beat Djokovic last year in Rome. Will be coming here with confidence, has a career best SF at RG in 2010.

NICOLAS ALMAGRO. One of the few clay specialists still out there. Also defeated the wounded warrior few weeks back in Barcelona. Good for several titles a year and a safe bet for a QF spot.

STANISLAS WAWRINKA. Showed great slam form in AO beating Nada1 and No2e back-to-back. Won his maiden MC title against the Swiss no.1, now he's here to continue his CYGS bid.

GAËL MONFILS. The French hope along with Jo. Massively popular in Paris and he's treated us to some all time epics in the past. Trying to find some form and desperately looking to give the crowd their money's worth. We know he'll give us a great show. Another one you don't want to draw.

GRIGOR DIMITROV. The young Bulgarian hope, famously hyped up as 'Baby Fed' and is starting to come of age. Wants to get rid of the Federer comparisons and create a legacy of his own. Destroyed by Rafa in Rome and now comes for the revenge.

ANDY MURRAY. Proved all the doubters wrong two years ago at Flushing Meadows, outclutching Novak Djokovic in an epic five set marathon, winning his first Slam. Later became the first British winner at Wimbledon since Fred Perry and underwent a back surgery. Has never played a clay final in his career, but wants to show us again what he's made of.

MILOS RAONIC. Recently made a big noise on the surface going toe to toe with Djokovic in Rome SF. If his serve is red hot anyone could go down on a given day.

Notable absentees so far:

JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO

The 2009 US Open winner is always dangerous, but oh so fragile. Has withdrawn from the French Open due to his wrist injury. Big loss for the tournament.

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No mention of the Fossil who just dispatched Wawrinka in Rome and made the QF last year :confused:
 

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No mention of the Fossil who just dispatched Wawrinka in Rome and made the QF last year :confused:
huge mistake I know :sad:
 

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If I don't think Nadal will win I am out of mind.
 

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Djokovic is the most likely winner but I wouldn't be shocked if both main contenders fail to make the final. I have a strange feeling about this year's French Open.
 

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Djokovic is the most likely winner but I wouldn't be shocked if both main contenders fail to make the final. I have a strange feeling about this year's French Open.
strange feeling indeed...we'll see what's going on
 

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2014 RG Winner.
 

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Will be interesting. No one is unbeatable this year and I predict Nadal will have more than 1 Isner moment, perhaps even in the latter rounds. It'd be funny if RAy won. In fact, I'm all for it just for the laughs. :cheerleader:
 

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Nole, Roger and Andy are already practicing at RG. Rafa will arrive tomorrow.
Strange tape on Nole's left elbow. Anyone?
 

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I already have a disgusting feeling about the draw.

Tio will make sure Bald gets an even easier draw than usual this year. Spanish mugs and Berdych are nid to be in his draw.
 

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Nole, Roger and Andy are already practicing at RG. Rafa will arrive tomorrow.
Strange tape on Nole's left elbow. Anyone?
It's just a cut he had looks like for some weeks now
 

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Get out your crystal balls, stock up on supplies, create your own cave, shut the blinds, lock up every door and plug in your laptop while logged onto your precious MTF account.

No need for you to leave the house for the following weeks and miss any action on the Battleground of the Gods, and none of the action at Roland Garros as well obviously.

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