Novak Djokovic has become the undisputed best player in the world and will beat anyone he comes up against, at least that’s how it looks for now. Just like in the late nineties when Tiger Woods suddenly emerged and then dominated. The rest all look to be the ones to cause the shock even players like Federer and Nadal are up against it and Murray has so many mental scars from the Serb that it isn’t even a betting proposition and he is one of the five best in the world – such is his dominance. But Djokovic’s dynasty will come to an end at some time, this is tennis after all. But who will do it and when? I certainly don’t think it will be this week but lets look for some clues each week.
The strong favourite and rightly so, he is very close to becoming one of the best players to have ever graced the game. This year he has been sublime and we expect him to carry through his form in Monte-Carlo. Rafa Nadal will prove stern opposition but he is not quite at the Serb’s level and he should be victorious. No surprise there but sometimes there is no point fighting it.
He will be delighted he is not in the same side of the draw as Djokovic and so should be able to make his fifth final, but defeat in the final for the fifth time running in Monte-Carlo would be tough to swallow for the Swiss. Roger could win it but he is getting to an age where it’s difficult to last a full tournament. Expect a final spot but nothing more.
It may be a surprise to see the Canadian here but he is in with a shot for a final spot. His odds are ridiculously long for a title but this guy is a good player. At no.6 in the world he will be most likely facing a tired Roger Federer in the semis if he beats Berdych. Federer is very classy but it’s worth putting money on Raonic purely for the odds.