Roger Federer SNUBBED as Novak Djokovic names three French Open favourites – Express

Roger Federer SNUBBED as Novak Djokovic names three French Open favourites – Express

Djokovic was beaten by Rafael Nadal in the Italian Open final yesterday and the King of Clay tops the Serbian’s shortlist.

However, world No 1 Djokovic then reckons two other underdogs could cause a few upsets.

Barcelona Open winner Dominic Thiem, who many expect to be Nadal’s heir on clay, is in with a strong chance.

The most shocking name is Fabio Fognini, who partnered Djokovic in the doubles draw at Indian Wells.

It was be stupid to bet against 11-time French Open winner Nadal.

But Djokovic does think there could be a few surprises sprung this year, with Federer’s name excluded from he list.

“Nadal No 1 favourite, without a doubt,” Djokovic said.

“And then, everybody else. But I think it is going to be a good tournament.

“As you say, Dominic Thiem is playing some really good tennis.

“He can beat anybody, especially on clay.

“[Fabio] Fognini is also playing very well. He showed against Nadal in Monte Carlo what he is capable of.

“On a given day, best of five with just one day between matches, I think players will have enough time to be at their best.

“Everyone is trying to peak for Roland Garros without a doubt.

“I am looking forward to it. I think it’s going to be a great tournament.”

Djokovic impressed as he stormed to the Italian Open final last week.

But he was easily beaten 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 by Nadal on Sunday.