As the clay-courtroom season has simply begun, 1992 Olympic champion Marc Rosset ponders what’s at stake. Where it’s essentially a query of Belinda Bencic, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and additionally (slightly) Roger Federer.
Tennis has returned to Europe and inevitably we salivate at the concept that Roland-Garros then Wimbledon are getting nearer. The clay courtroom season, which opened with the title of Belinda Bencic in the United States, in addition to the returns of Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic, is launched. This is to not displease Marc Rosset both. Consultant for the RTS, the Genevan was sort sufficient to look into some of the hot spring themes for us.
RTSsport.ch: Marc Rosset, Belinda Bencic has simply gained her sixth WTA title, the 1st on clay. Does this imply that we are able to have excessive hopes for the relaxation of his season on crushed brick?
MARC ROSSET: I’m cautious of the outcomes of the very first tournaments performed on clay, as a result of they don’t at all times give actual indications. It jogs my memory a bit of the ones you possibly can see in Montreal or Toronto at the begin of the North American tour. Sometimes a participant has a very good end result and you say to your self: “Wow, he or she is going to be huge at the US Open“, then splash, the precise reverse occurs. It additionally generally occurs in the spring. But of course that is not what I would like for Belinda. We know she has the means to do effectively, however let’s emphasize additionally that there was a scarcity of nice gamers in Charleston, together with Iga Swiatek.
I’m cautious of the outcomes of the very first tournaments performed on clay, as a result of they don’t at all times give actual indications.
RTSsport.ch: Iga Swiatek, exactly; she is not any 1 WTA, spectacular, stunning to see taking part in…
MARC ROSSET: It’s fairly monstrous what she does. I like what she does, what she presents. I actually favored her Roland-Garros 2020, which she had additionally gained. She is a participant who hardly ever disappoints. I feel she would have rapidly change into world No. 1,. Of course, the Pole nonetheless has issues to enhance in her recreation, however I hope now that she will settle completely at the prime. Women’s tennis wants a locomotive. Swiatek could also be this one.
RTSsport.ch: You talked about earlier Barty’s retirement. Did his choice disappoint you?
MARC ROSSET: To inform you the reality, it made me ch… Because I actually favored his fashion and what allowed him to make a distinction on the circuit. I remorse his departure. Especially since we can’t say that she left an imprint on girls’s tennis. Two/three years at the highest degree shouldn’t be sufficient. That’s a disgrace.
Barty’s retirement made me ch… I actually favored his fashion, I remorse his departure.
RTSsport.ch: To come again to Belinda Bencic, can this title gained in Charleston give her wings, put her again on her ft after digesting her marvelous Olympic title?
MARC ROSSET: We have to attend and see, as a result of yearly we are saying to ourselves that she has the means to win a Grand Slam event… It is evident that she has the expertise and the potential to take action. It is indeniable. But you possibly can say and write what you need, it is on the floor that issues need to occur. Take the final US Open: In the quarter-finals towards Emma Raducanu, Belinda appeared hyper-nervous and, one thing you typically see when she’s slightly off guard, she did not have a plan B in her recreation. She acquired slowed down and it ended up being a no match.
RTSsport.ch: Now let’s discuss the ATP Tour, with the return of Stan Wawrinka. What did you suppose of it?
MARC ROSSET: Good to see him once more! I adopted intently. It was not dangerous, however Stan logically ran out of “gas” and collapsed in the third set. I might say that what he confirmed is promising, but it surely additionally is dependent upon his finish objective. If it’s a query of discovering a very good degree, it can go rapidly and due to this fact we may be reassured by his final efficiency. If it is about “smacking a big thing”, then it is nonetheless a great distance off. It wants endurance.
I might say what Stan confirmed is promising, but it surely additionally is dependent upon his finish objective
RTSsport.ch: In the Principality we additionally noticed Novak Djokovic once more…
MARC ROSSET: And he had a match considerably similar to that skilled by Stan, specifically that he collapsed in the third set. “Nole” was “crimson” late in the recreation towards Davidovich Fokina. It’s uncommon with him! It additionally demonstrates that nothing is finished with a snap of the fingers. But I feel he can be effectively on his ft at Roland-Garros, as a result of if he desires to, he can now play each week from right here to Paris. He is not in uncertainty, when he didn’t know which event he might take part in, when he couldn’t put the identical depth in coaching. There, all the things will return in the proper course for him. But there may be nonetheless one thing that bothers me with Djokovic!
RTSsport.ch: Tell us all the things!
MARC ROSSET: Well, I’m curious to see the way it seems now. Because the final time it had occurred, it hadn’t actually paid off. We’ll see if he manages to be as robust as ever with out his trusted man. Of course, Goran Ivanisevic will at all times be there, but it surely’s not the identical lemonade between them. They do not have that 15-yr relationship or that closeness.
What bothers me with Djokovic is his separation from Marian Vajda. ‘Cause final time it did not repay
RTSsport.ch: On the different hand, we’ve the Nadal counterexample. “Tonton Toni” is gone, but it surely’s nonetheless going robust with Carlos Moya!
MARC ROSSET: Yes, however Moya has at all times been the “big brother” for Rafa. They have a bond of a number of years additionally, a geographical proximity, the incontrovertible fact that Carlos helped the younger Nadal at the time. Their relationship is a continuation of what was finished with Toni. You cannot evaluate that with Djokovic.
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