2021 French Open Men’s Final Prediction and Preview
The King of Clay has fallen! All hail the new King of Clay, Novak Djokovic, who with 18 Grand Slam titles, looks on track to possibly best both Nadal and Federer’s 20 Grand Slam titles. Ok, maybe he’s the Prince of Clay. It’s hard to anoint him the King of Clay when he’s only won the French Open once, while Nadal has won it 13 times. Either way, it’s also entirely possible that Djokovic can potentially win the ever-elusive Calendar Year Grand Slam.
Also, the momentum in the GOAT conversation shifted after today’s Djokovic vs. Nadal match. Djokovic will now take this momentum into the final against an extremely dangerous Stefanos Tsitsipas. The old guard seems as strong as ever in 2021. However, the younger generation keeps knocking. Can Tsitsipas throw off Djokovic’s momentum?
Tsitsipas has been the favorite to win the French Open this year behind Nadal. With Nadal now out of the way. Tsitsipas now must contend with Novak Djokovic. I don’t know if that’s a positive for Tsitsipas. I feel as though he would have had a better chance against Nadal in the final. Let’s not forget that Tsitsipas lost to Djokovic in the semis of the 2020 French Open after coming back from two sets down.
Tsitsipas will be looking for revenge. Novak has experience on his side though and seems to be laser focused on surpassing both Federer and Nadal in the Grand Slam titles race. On the other hand, this will be Tstitsipas’ first Grand Slam final. He’ll be nervous for sure, and Djokovic will be looking to capitalize on that early on. How Tsitsipas handles the pressure, nerves and the rowdy crowds will determine whether he can hang with the 18-time Grand Slam Champion and world number one. They already met once this year at the Italian Open quarters, where Djokovic prevailed in three sets.
I expect a lot of the same from these two in the French Open final. Tsitsipas will push Djokovic once again, but Djokovic will have all the answers. Djokovic will prevail once again at the French Open and lift his second title, and 19th overall Grand Slam Title.