Opelka: “Here who will win the Roland Garros among Djokovic, Nadal and Alcaraz”


Reilly Opelka reveals the favorite for the Roland Garros 2023 between Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz

There is already a lot of anticipation for the second Grand Slam of the 2023 season in the ATP circuit. The great champions will compete in Paris to win the prestigious Franch Open title, which will take over the whole scene in a few weeks.

Madrid, the Internazionali Bnl d’Italia in Rome and then the French Open: these are the three stages for the main tennis players of the tour, who want to give themselves a lot of satisfaction in this part of the year on clay.

Meanwhile, who is already eyeing the French event, which will also host the Olympic Games in 2024, is the US Reilly Opelka.

In an interview with the Tennis Channel, the American expressed who he thinks will be the number one favorite: “If Rafael Nadal went to the Roland Garros and my life was at stake, I would take his side every time, just out of respect.

Behind him, I would say Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic are the only ones who could beat him there. It’s difficult to choose, it’s also difficult to exclude Nole from the title fight. I would give Novak and Carlitos an equal chance to win the tournament. There is talk of the two best players to ever play tennis, but Rafa is potentially the favorite over them.”

Nadal can obviously be the favourite, but, considering the troubled season and the obvious physical problems, according to some US insiders, Opelka’s choice can be considered incredible.

Opelka and the absence from the ATP Tour

It is not yet possible to know when the US player will return to be the protagonist on the tour.

The 25-year-old played his last game in August in Washington against Australian Nick Kyrgios before having to sit out surgery on his hip. Opelka is not yet in the best condition and recently also forfeited the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami, which he had initially registered for.

The long stop dragged Reilly out of the top 100 in the world rankings. It will be revealed in the coming weeks whether the American will be able to return to appear at Roland Garros or decide to focus directly on grass-court tournaments.

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