Djokovic 'Still Favourite For French Open' Despite Recent Struggles Says Wawrinka

Djokovic 'Still Favourite For French Open' Despite Recent Struggles Says Wawrinka

by Zachary Wimer

Former French Open champion Stan Wawrinka still holds Novak Djokovic as the favourite for Roland Garros despite the Serbian's struggles this year.

Djokovic hasn't played as well as we know he can this year. He's yet to win a trophy or play in a final in 2024. His most recent match was really bad but it came shortly after he got hit in the head by a metal water bottle.

That is still giving him trouble, as he underwent more testing in Belgrade to figure out the extent of his injury, but the tests cleared him for the season's second major and even the Geneva Open prior to that.

Even with these struggles, Wawrinka still considers Djokovic the favorite because the 24-time major winner is just too experienced and skilled not to be considered a favorite. It's hard to flip the switch and suddenly forget everything we know about him.

"I think it’s still like, of course he didn’t have the results he wanted the last few weeks but we know how he can push his level and the way he always finds a way to play the best tennis in Grand Slams, especially in five sets also. Of course I still put him as the favourite at the French Open."

Wawrinka on Djokovic to the Daily Express

The Serbian has been dominant for such a long time, and it's hard to forget all of that. Other former players don't share Wawrinka's optimism, though, as Andy Roddick recently admitted that he was really concerned with what he saw from Djokovic.

Still, the 36-year-old will already have a chance to prove his doubters wrong in Geneva, where he'll play next. He took a surprise wild card entry into the event, and if he plays well and possibly wins it, then people might side with Wawrinka.


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