The Spaniard is looking to retain his favourite title for a second year in a row, but he doesn't care about tags placed on him by the media.
"Losing in the semi-finals is considered bad..."
His withdrawal all but ends his brief but eventful clay swing that earned headlines off the court for his frank assessment of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the NCR podcast.
No. 1 Djokovic vs. "If I play well, I can beat nearly anyone".
The Austrian's elegant game is tailor-made for clay and while his style is very different to the more powerful Nadal's he boasts the same stinging topspin off both flanks. So Thiem has proven he is capable of challenging Nadal if they meet for the trophy. For me obviously it's about playing well at all the big moments.
The next best hope is probably the hard-hitting Sam Querrey, who has had success on clay in Davis Cup competition but has never got past the third round at the French Open, with his best result coming back in 2008. The 20-year-old Greek star was unafraid of taking the ball early against Nadal, frequently venturing to the net in their semi-final at Madrid.
"He's lost, what, two times in his career on Parisian clay?"
"That's why I'm really happy to be here and doing such a process over the two weeks right now because it was a little bit more serious than I thought in Madrid". His powerful allaction style, including one of the game's best singlehanded backhands, and f lowing blonde locks, have already made him a fan's favourite on Tour. "I practised for the past two days, so it's going well".
Now she is top seed at a major for the first time at Roland Garros and sees no reason why she can not take Paris, Wimbledon and finish the year with a successful defence of her title in NY.
Williams' 2019 campaign has not gone to plan so far, with a series of injuries seeing her manage just four matches since her Australian Open quarter-final exit to Karolina Pliskova. In Rome, Federer withdrew before facing Tsitsipas.
"Maybe his claycourt season has been more of a rollercoaster ride this year but at the same time you can get away with that at the French Open over five sets".
Hampered by injuries and focused on Wimbledon, Federer skipped the clay-court circuit in 2017 and 2018.
Swiss maestro Federer turned his back on the claycourt season for two years - a decision vindicated by the tennis he is still producing at the age of 37. Del Potro's massive forehand will always be a tremendous weapon regardless of his opponent.
Boulter could potentially be in line to receive half of the first-round prize money of 46,000 euros (approximately £40,000) should she pull out before her match, although she would need to be on site in Paris to qualify.