Tsitsipas and Thiem Broadening the Picture Heading into Paris


Dominic Thiem beat Nadal in Barcelona and Federer in Madrid while playing Djokovic tough for two sets before falling.  The 2018 Roland Garros runner-up figured to be a factor in Paris even before this clay season.  However, his win over Nadal in Barcelona and wins over Federer at Indian Wells and Madrid make him even more likely to take his first slam this year.

Practice makes better if not perfect

Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Federer in Melbourne but was crushed/destroyed/humbled/pick your adjective by Nadal in the Australian Open semifinal round.  To come back from that beating, to upsend Nadal in Spain on clay is a great turnaround from the young Greek.  Djokovic can further his hold on the #1 ranking by adding to his 600 points earned in Madrid with a championship win.  His quest for a second Nole Slam and second Career Grand Slam along with the Rafa Dozen are huge stories heading into Paris.  Still, the much-anticipated arrival of new blood in the slam winner circle will be a 3rd and maybe co-equal storyline to watch.




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