The second Grand Slam tournament of the year begins on Monday, with the French Open at Roland Garros.
Here news.bwin.com take the temperature of the leading lights ahead of the first round for your punting edification, with the world number 1 looking in some way the best touch ahead of the first round.
The presently-peerless Serb won four of his five tournaments during the year’s first hard-court segment, including the Australian Open.
It was all the more surprising that he lost his first outing of the clay campaign in three sets to Jiri Vesely as a result at Monte Carlo, especially given he’d won there in 2015.
Normal service has resumed since though, with victory over Andy Murray in the Madrid Masters decider and he has just moved into the semis in Rome at the expense of maestro of the orange stuff, Rafa Nadal.
Seldom seen on the hard stuff after a straight sets loss to Djokovic in the Aussie Open final, Murray has been in steadily improving nick since the switch to dirt.
He’s lost just two matches in 12 so far across the Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome triptych to Nadal and the Serb, taking each to a decisive set.
The Scot has since avenged his defeat to the former in Spain, while he has now gone the distance with the world number one in four of their five clay clashes.
Whether or not the Fed Express will arrive at Roland Garros remains up in the air after his back-injury-hampered loss to Dominic Thiem in Madrid.
“Clearly the way I’m playing right now is never going to be enough for any good run in Paris,” the Swiss told reporters and with the tournament starting on Monday it’s difficult to have any confidence in his chances.
The reigning champion is hardly coursing with form ahead of the year’s second Slam, having lost nine of the 27 matches he has played in 2015.
On clay Wawrinka has three wins and three defeats to his name, with the last two coming against rivals he has every right to beat, Nick Kyrgios and Juan Monaco.
Hopes must have been high Nadal was on course to add to his nine French Open titles when he breezed through the Monte Carlo and Barcelona clay tournaments undefeated, taking out Wawrinka, Murray and Kei Nishikori en route.
Narrow losses to the Scot and Djokovic since suggest he’ll go deep again, while tempering confidence somewhat.