People think of me as a grass court player because I won Wimbledon – yet clay was my surface. I grew up playing on it, I won my first tournament on clay and made my first impact in the French Open.
But I doubt I could have beaten Rafael Nadal. Look at the way he destroyed Roger Federer in the Italian Open - it was all over in 68 minutes. He was always going to be favourite for the French Open with his record of seven wins there. The court is so big and if it’s dry he’s virtually unbeatable. It’s very hard to work out a plan against him.
Much is made of the fact that he is left-handed, but he is also a very consistent server – 70 per cent of his first serves were accurate in Rome. He isn’t hugely powerful but he pushes the ball wide with lots of slice and kick, and he really opens up the court.
Thankfully, that Rome win means he has moved up to fourth in the ranking, so he’s unlikely to meet Novak Djokovic until the final. They are far and away the best players on clay, so a meeting betweem the pair would make for another great final. Both players have had their injury issues: there are question marks over Nadal’s knee and Djokovic’s ankle. Djokovic also had a minor hiccup at the Italian Open, but he’ll be desperate to win in Paris.
Roger Federer (15.00 to win) cannot be underestimated, even though he has not been at his best of late. Clay is not his favourite surface but he’s been pacing his season sensibly. He can make an impact if he is at his best. I can’t see anyone else outside the Top Five causing a shock.
In the women's draw, it is Serena Williams’ title to lose - she can be backed at 1.92. Occasionally she plays badly on clay and her performance here depends on her mood. But if she is up for the tournament, no one can beat her. Maria Sharapova (5.40) will be a strong contender and Li Na (12.50), the 2011 women’s singles winner, has proven herself as a quick, dogged and capable player.
My tip for the French Open is Nadal at 1.76. He’s still more than got it in him to win Grand Slams and the only person who can beat him at this one is Djokovic (2.85). He’ll be looking for cold, wet weather to help him along.
My tip for Wimbledon has got to be Murray at 5.00. This could very well be his year, as long as he gets over his injury problems.
Goran Ivanisevic reached World No. 2 in tennis and won 22 career titles, including a major at Wimbledon in 2001. He was twice finalist in the doubles competition at the French Open and three times a quarter-finalist in the singles.
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