Andy Roddick has tapped Novak Djokovic ahead of Rafael Nadal as his favorite to win the French Open. Roddick weighed in on the early round action in Paris on Fox Sports Live and picked against the eight-time champion based on on Djokovic's recent form.
"You know what, I look back at all the titles that Rafa has won and I want to pay him all the respect he deserves," Roddick said. "[But] I think Novak Djokovic wins this French Open and it's hard for me to say. But I can't put stock in 2011 and in 2012 when it's 2014 and Novak's beaten him the majority of the time on clay the last couple of years. The only time he didn't was at the French Open semifinal last year. Novak's playing great tennis and he can hurt Rafa, he can go through the court, attack the lines. I think Novak wins it this year. I don't like myself for saying it. But I think he wins it."
Roddick also weighed in on the French Open's surprising decision to put Nadal's first match on Court Suzanne Lenglen."He's won the tournament eight times. You pay him his respect.... This is so Roland Garros to do. They're trying to create headlines by being a little different and putting him out there. Credit to Rafa, he said he was fine with it. I'm sure he wasn't. He's letting everyone else talk about it for him and fight that battle for him."
Watch Roddick talk about that as well as Stan Wawrinka's big loss below:
Oh, and here's Stan's reaction to Andy's punditry:
@carole_bouchard sorry Andy — Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) May 27, 2014