We have analysed chances of the four best players in the world at 2012 French Open in our previous article but who are the players that can become a surprising package of this Grand Slam event and go in the path of Robin Soderling or Fernando Gonzalez and Marcos Baghdatis - the surprising Grand Slam finalists from last years? Tennis Desire offers you list of players that can be dark horses of 2012 French Open.
World Nr.6 Tomas Berdych from Czech Republic is definitely a player to watch during this French Open. Berdych lost a 2-0 lead in match against Stephane Robert last year and suffered a shocking first round loss but he is also a former French Open semifinalist (lost to Robin Soderling in five sets in 2010). Tomas Berdych has always been a player with big game and huge potential but lacked consistency to perform well on regular basis. But he is much better and more complex player now and also able to keep the ball in play instead of trying to hit winners from all positions and also improved his movement and volley skills. Berdych has great 34-8 record in this season, winning ATP World Tour event in Monpelier and adding runner-up finish at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 on blue clay in Madrid. Berdych is one of few players that have wins over all Top4 players and can surely beat anyone in Paris, with only exception probably being Rafael Nadal.
Juan Martin Del Potro
Nr.9 player from Argentina, Juan Martin Del Potro is a player with bad luck at Roland Garros. His best result in Paris is semifinal appearance from 2009, when he lost to Roger Federer in five sets. In other years he had to face players like Nadal, Djokovic or Ferrero in early rounds. Del Potro with his powerful game and good serve is well capable of beating all opponents on his good day and founds himself in very good form after all the injury problems and holds impressive 33-9 record in 2012 with titles in Marseille and Estoril. With a good draw Juan Martin Del Potro can surely make an impact at 2012 French Open.
Spaniard David Ferrer is for many years one of the best and most successful players on red clay but surprisingly he has never showed it on courts of Roland Garros. Ferrer has simply never had luck in Paris, never making it past the quarterfinals what is a poor achievement for player of Ferrer's qualities. David Ferrer is one of the most hard working players on ATP Tour, fighting hard for almost every point and was recently voted as the best player in ATP Perfect Player category for Stamina by other players. David Ferrer already won 3 ATP Tour titles this year and holds an excellent 33-7 match record in 2012. Maybe 2012 will be remembered as the year of David Ferrer's big breakthrough at French Open. He surely has the game to achieve that.
26-year-old Nicolas Almagro is another excellent clay courter but unlike David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro is an offensive baseliner with good serve and his groundstrokes, particularly on his favored forehand side, are very powerful. Almagro is also a player whose record in Roland Garros is very disappointing as he is 13-8 in his eight visits and reached just two quarterfinals (2008 and 2010). Poor result for someone who won 11 ATP Tour titles on the dirt and added five runner-up finishes. Nicolas Almagro could very well cause an upset at 2012 French Open and send some of the Top10 players packing.