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Expert Picks: Predictions of Roland Garros' champions, sleepers and disappointments | Tennis.com

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Carlos Alcaraz's adds a new wrinkle to the men's draw with his sudden surge, while Iga Swiatek hopes to further entrench herself as the women's No. 1.

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Men's Unseeded Sleeper

Joel Drucker—Aslan Karatsev: Plenty of tools, so let's see now if he can put them together once again after impressive run to the 2021 Aussie Open semis.

Matt Fitzgerald—Sebastian Baez: The Estoril champion could potentially get another crack at Alexander Zverev in the second round as he looks to make his main-draw debut at Roland Garros a memorable one.

David Kane—Cristian Garin: A Top 20 player only a few months ago, the Chilean rebounded in Rome and could shock Andrey Rublev in the third round.

Stephanie Livaudais—Sebastian Baez: The 21-year-old Argentine started last season ranked outside the Top 300. Now, he's peaked at No. 37 after winning eight consecutive clay matches, including his first ATP trophy in Estoril.

Ed McGrogan—David Goffin: In the Bottom Half of Opportunity, there may be no bad sleeper picks. But Goffin, who won a title on clay on Marrakech, should have beaten Rafa in Madrid, and topped Hubert Hurkacz in Rome, stands out.

Steve Tignor—David Goffin: Oft-injured and 31, Goffin seemed like a man of the past. But he won a title this spring, and nearly won a match over Nadal in Madrid.

Women's Unseeded Sleeper

Joel Drucker—Sloane Stephens: Tactical acuity, past success on clay—a Roland Garros runner-up in 2018—and a favorable draw could add up to another fine run.

Matt Fitzgerald—Kaia Kanepi: Getting a struggling Garbine Muguruza in the first round provides a wonderful opportunity to break open a section of the draw in true Kanepi fashion.

David Kane—Ajla Tomljanovic: The Aussie reached the fourth round here in 2014, and starts against a slumping Anett Kontaveit.

Stephanie Livaudais—Camila Osorio: Sure, her hardcourt record is better than clay this year, but only because she was briefly sidelined with injury. The 20-year-old Colombian looks fresh, and can wreak havoc in Krejcikova's quarter.

Ed McGrogan—Bianca Andreescu: Osaka isn't the only unseeded sleeper in the third quarter worth following. The former US Open champion has become a threat quickly since returning from injury. (Watch out, Belinda.)

Steve Tignor—Bianca Andreescu: Her section, with Bencic, Sakkari, and Osaka, isn't easy, but the 2019 US Open champ pushed Swiatek to a tiebreaker last week. That counts for something.


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Men's Disappointment

Joel Drucker—Daniil Medvedev: Doesn't like the surface, has played only one match on it this year, recovering from injury, tough draw. Terrible preparation for the Slam that requires the most homework.

Matt Fitzgerald—Daniil Medvedev: With just two sets of match prep on his weakest surface after an injury layoff, improving on his 2021 quarterfinal showing will likely have to wait a year.

David Kane—Carlos Alcaraz: He has set expectations so high anything short of victory will feel like a brutal letdown, especially with Sebastian Korda looming in the third round.

Stephanie Livaudais—Diego Schwartzman: After he reached back-to-back finals during the Golden Swing, I was expecting stronger results on European clay. But Diego just hasn't been able to put those together ahead of Paris.

Ed McGrogan—Casper Ruud: It's risky to pick a Top 8 seed in the lighter bottom half, but Ruud is still rounding into form, and Ugo Humbert—to say nothing of fellow fan-favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga—will have plenty of support. Lorenzo Sonego, the first seed Ruud could face, is as tough a No. 32 as there is on the terre battue.

Steve Tignor—Daniil Medvedev: He doesn't love clay, he's coming back after hernia surgery, and he could face Kecmanovic in the third round. Not a great recipe for success.

Women's Disappointment

Joel Drucker—Barbora Krejcikova: Title holder hasn't played a match since February. Hopefully, will get healthy and play more of the versatile tennis that won it all last year. Tough to imagine that happening right now.

Matt Fitzgerald—Danielle Collins: She's been to the last eight before, but has been handed two lopsided defeats on red dirt since returning from injury. Shelby Rogers and Daria Kasatkina looming before week two is a tall order.

David Kane—Paula Badosa: Looking physically wiped for most of the clay swing, the Spaniard has a slew of tricky seeds even before the second week.

Stephanie Livaudais—Garbiñe Muguruza: If racquets could talk, I wonder what Garbine's would say? She's currently 2-3 on clay going into Roland Garros, and the 2016 champion is nowhere near her world-beating peak.

Ed McGrogan—Barbora Krejicoka: The defending champ has much to play for—but hasn't played a match on clay since winning Roland Garros. She could get by her first two rounds on aura alone, but will need to rekindle magic from there.

Steve Tignor—Paula Badosa: She has the game to win it all, but she hasn't put everything together yet in 2022. She could face a challenge right off the bat from home favorite Fiona Ferro.

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Men's Champion

Joel Drucker—Novak Djokovic: After playing only one tournament in the first three months of the season, Djokovic has competed in four clay events and steadily improved each week—with even better tennis likely.

Matt Fitzgerald—Carlos Alcaraz: If ever there was a time for an ATP teen to break through with a major title again, it's right now. A possible Djokovic-Nadal quarterfinal slugfest helps his cause, too.

David Kane—Stefanos Tsitsipas: Last year's runner-up has a half all to himself, and will only have to face one of Djokovic (rusty), Nadal (injured), Alcaraz (young) or Zverev (nope) in the final.

Stephanie Livaudais—Stefanos Tsitsipas: Let Djokovic, Alcaraz and Nadal hog the limelight in the draw's top half. Monte Carlo champion Tsitsipas will happily fly under the radar to win his first Grand Slam.

Ed McGrogan—Carlos Alcaraz: He'll have to earn his first major title the hard way, with Djokovic or Nadal a likely semifinal opponent. But he's handled that in best-of-three, and the ultra-fit Spaniard can do it in best-of-five.

Steve Tignor—Novak Djokovic: Of the three favorites—Djokovic, Nadal, Alcaraz—the Serb is the safest bet. Rafa's foot is in question, and Alcaraz is in uncharted territory, but Djokovic is peaking at the right moment.

Women's Champion

Joel Drucker—Iga Swiatek: Two years ago, she surprised the world and won this title. It's all different now: it's up to the world to surprise Swiatek—a daunting task given her current form.

Matt Fitzgerald—Iga Swiatek: No explanation needed.

David Kane—Ons Jabeur: The Tunisian talent erased the lone knock against her by stringing together 11 wins through Madrid and Rome. Playing seven matches in a sweet section with days off in between? No sweat.

Stephanie Livaudais—Iga Swiatek: Who can stop Swiatek? Until players figure out the answer to this question, I won't bet against the 2020 champion. Back then, she was a surprise; today, her coronation feels inevitable.

Ed McGrogan—Iga Swiatek: Iga is distancing herself from the field the way Serena did in her heyday. There's simply no other selection right now.

Steve Tignor—Iga Swiatek: She'll feel the pressure that comes with trying to win a major and extend a win streak, but Swiatek has been so far ahead of the pack, it may not matter.

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