Following a quick win over Lukas Lacko today in the opening round of the French Open, Roger Federer gave his thoughts on who should be the tournament favorite, Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal. Many in tennis are now picking Djokovic as the favorite. The Swiss, however, strongly disagrees.
“Not for me [Djokovic is the favorite], but maybe for you,” Federer told the press. “Three weeks ago [Novak] couldn’t play tennis anymore, I remember that too. When he was injured, ‘oh, my God,’ you know. Things are looking so terrible. Now everything is great.
“It doesn’t go week by week,” he said. “I don’t know who’s talking all the time, but Rafa is the favorite, and then Novak, and then the rest, It’s very clear. But it doesn’t matter who is the favorite or not. We will see in a few weeks. Really doesn’t matter one bit.”
Federer needs a second French Open to complete a second Career Grand Slam. He’ll have two days off before resuming on Wednesday.
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