Wimbledon: “It will be a special tournament, where you can expect anything,” warns Marc Rosset – rts.ch

Without the Russians or the Belarusians, but also without points to reward the athletes, the 2022 edition of Wimbledon begins on Monday in a special context. Marc Rosset, RTS Sport consultant, explains it to us, while also mentioning Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or even Serena Williams.

Roland-Garros, the infiltrations of Rafael Nadal and the dominance of Iga Swiatek barely digested, all eyes are already on Wimbledon, whose 2022 edition begins on Monday, with its share of questions, including the sanction of Russian and Belarusian athletes, as well as the absence of points. , which could change the face of the tables. On the eve of the start, Marc Rosset, RTS Sport consultant, offers his always relevant vision of a tournament he likes to follow.

RTSsport.ch: Tennis fans have suddenly let themselves be carried away in recent days, presenting Matteo Berrettini and Hubert Hurkacz as serious contenders for the title, but won’t we so often witness a battle between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal for the coronation?

MARC ROSSET: That’s a very good question …! Basically, I also wonder, because this 2022 edition will surely not be like the others. Sanctions on Russian and Belarusian players already mean that a Daniil Medvedev, who could have upset everyone, including Djokovic, will not be able to defend his chances … There are also not a large number of candidates for the title. But it will be a special tournament. Without points, will a player still fight if he drops two sets to nothing? This is an example among all the questions we can ask ourselves … Frankly, I hope everything in this tournament …

Without points, will a player still fight if he drops two sets to nothing?

Marc Rosset, 1992 Olympic champion and RTS sports consultant

RTSsport.ch: There are certainly no points, but the prize is still substantial …

MARC ROSSET: Yes, but will athletes fight for money when there are no points? In my day, this would never have been the case. Then, it is true that we are in another generation and I do not necessarily know how this …

RTSsport.ch: Back to Djokovic … He is clearly one of the favorites of this tournament, but he seemed to be physically tied in the quarterfinals of Roland-Garros, which seemed surprising …

MARC ROSSET: I’m not sure it’s physically what he drew. Rather I think his problem was mental. He missed important matches, including those he could have had for example at the Australian Open, to be ready to face Rafael Nadal in a quarter of that importance in Paris. He lacked the ideal focus and preparation. These big matches in 3 winning sets, you have to have them on your legs to play them better. At Roland, Djokovic had changes in concentration, holes that seemed more to me due to mental than physical factors.

RTSsport.ch: Rafael Nadal has finally decided to appear at Wimbledon. Did that surprise you too?

MARC ROSSET: Yes, because after Roland-Garros, I really thought I was going to cut and rest. But his treatment apparently worked beyond his expectations. It will be interesting to see what you can do on Church Road.

It’s not Wimbledon without Roger Federer that’s special, but tennis without Roger Federer, period, that’s not the same thing.

Marc Rosset, RTS Sport consultant

Marc Rosset, 1992 Olympic champion and RTS sports consultant

RTSsport.ch: A Wimbledon without Roger Federer, which is still something special for us …

MARC ROSSET: Oh, but you know, it’s not a Wimbledon without Roger Federer that’s special, but tennis without Roger Federer, that’s not the same! So yes, we often tie “Rodg” to this tournament for all he has contributed to it, and vice versa, but he has won titles, made finals and semifinals several times in the other three “majors”. So for me, Melbourne, New York or even a Roland-Garros without Roger, it’s not the same story …

RTSsport.ch: And among the ladies, should we expect to see Iga Swiatek “as big as a house,” she who has been crushing everyone for weeks?

MARC ROSSET: On clay, you can’t play. For me, Iga Swiatek is women’s Christmas. On the grass, it will be something else. Your promotion will not have the same effects. So it will be more complicated for her. As much as it can’t be played in crushed brick, I don’t see it taking everything in its path on other surfaces. For me, it is very open to women.

Arnaud Cerutti – @arnaud_cerutti

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