If the forecasters are right and it keeps raining in Paris, the winner at the end of the French Open might night be not be best clay courters but rather the fittest. The more it rains the more likely players will be playing back-to-back five setters, meaning unfit guys will be falling by the wayside rather quickly.
So how will that impact our two stars, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Fortunately for Fed he has a pretty friendly draw, and for Nadal, a meeting with Hewitt or Niemenin could loom, but I think he should be okay.
Bottom line, all this rain should benefit them both, as long as the rain doesn’t force the semifinals and finals to be player on consecutive days.
On the flip side, a young kid like Novak Djokovic who has had past struggles with fitness could be in trouble having to play back-to-back five setters, or playing three such matches in four days. Same goes for his young peers Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet.
Hopefully none of that will come into play and the sun will shine. But if it doesn’t be sure not to pin your hopes too high on a charge who can’t fight the fatigue.
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