Djokovic, Williams Target Roland Garros After Rome Titles
by Staff | May 19th, 2014, 1:53 am

What do Novak Djokovic’s and Serena Williams’ Rome titles mean for their French Open hopes?
Djokovic topped the world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and “King of Clay” 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

“It’s been a great week considering where I’ve been a few weeks ago with the wrist injury,” Djokovic said. “Luckily for me, I played with no pain and increased the level of tennis as the week went on.”

Djokovic improved to 19-22 career against Nadal.

For the first time in 10 years, Nadal will enter Roland Garros with only one European clay court title.

“I felt that Novak was pushing me and has a great talent to play inside the lines,” Nadal said. “I think this week is important for me…I was able to compete well against one of the best players of the moment. I arrive to Roland Garros now more encouraged than how I felt a few weeks ago.”

Serena Williams beat an injured Sara Errani 6-3, 6-0 in the women’s final for her 60th career title.

“Sara played really well in the first set,” Serena said. “She was doing everything right and I could tell she had obviously improved since our last meeting in Paris last year. It was unfortunate she got injured in the last game of the set, but overall I thought she was playing really well out there.”

Williams is now 53-2 on clay since the start of the 2012 claycourt season.


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9 Comments for Djokovic, Williams Target Roland Garros After Rome Titles

Noonen Says:

Even though I am disappointed in Novak (the news of this child out of wedlock), I still pray for him. I believe Jesus has big plans for him in his life. First, he has to be born again. That means he has to receive Him into his heart for the remission of his sins. That’s when all the good things begin! That is the only way to truly be a Christian. Then one must continue with Jesus. A Christian who dies with willful sin in his life (that he had not repented of), goes to hell.

Dan Martin Says:

I have my power rankings up – – It should be a great lead in for Roland Garros. I think the top 2 are likely on a collision course, but Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray and Milos Raonic strike me as guys who could have a great day and pull an upset. Murray looked alive in Rome for the first time since his back surgery.

mat4 Says:

@Dan Martin:

I still visit regularly your site, although I don’t post any more. Keep the good work!

Miki Says:

Noonen, please go preach those fairy tales somewhere else. This is a tennis forum. No one goes to hell…

htamak Says:

Nishikori, if he is healthy, is my dark horse for this whole tennis year. He been playing really solid right from the start of the year, at the Australian Open and then at the Miami Masters, where I was really keen to see him go up against Novak. That would’ve been a killer match!
Raonic has been playing really solid too, so yup he’s got a good chance. Djokovic and Nadal are the 2 obvious favourites. But they’re not winning as easily as the previous years.
I’m getting a good feeling about the French this time. Game Upset & match!

contador Says:

Nishikori is under-rated on this tennis forum @ htamak.

Unbelievable how rapidly Raonic has improved this spring. I don’t remember being this excited for FO …well, maybe in 2011.

Murray is coming around, Ferrer is always dangerous, Raonic is ready to fight, Gulbis = future GOAT. :D And dont count out Fabulous Fognini at FO. The Frenchies have not been on form but I always get my hopes up for Monfils, Simon, and Tsonga. Berdych and Wawrinka have been quietly getting prepared, methinks.

I am officially excited for FO!!

Hey Kimberly,
Do we have a link to a FO Bracket Challenge?

Joe Says:

I think Roger will go to hell for switching to that bigger racket.

Hippy Chic Says:

Vika has pulled out of RG with an ankle injury,i cannot see past another Serena win,who can really challenge her?although Stosur can be good on clay with two finals?and good luck to our Brit gal Heather,and our other boys and girls for RG….

htamak Says:

Contador, numbers don’t lie. Winning Barcelona and then beating Ferrer and almost getting Nadal in the Madrid final. With the amazing results he’s had Nishikori is in the top 10 for the first time! He might be underrated here, but the guy has shown the right temperament and mindset to beat the top guys. Jumping on that train is a no brainer.

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