the crowd will be a big factor
in last year semi, half swiss-half french roger won it partially because the crowd got into djokovic, cheering all the unforced errors and double faults of Nole, the crowd was pathetic.
this year it will be totally against Nadal and behind Nole, and of course Federer.
Nole is going for history, the grand slam and the french crowd will be behind history and him.
when Rafa won last year, the headline of l'equipe said it all, "the record awaits you", it was not a celebratory headline and completely different from the rest of the world, it was "see you next year and let's hope you don't break the record of Borg"
the french crowd has a nightmare with the spanish players since Bruguera, 11 wins in 19 years is too much for a country that has only Noah and his comments in the last 6.5 decades. The french always cheer against the opponent of a spanish in Paris as loudly as if the opponent is french.
the scary thing is that the french media has started a very well and big organised campaign full of insults towards Nadal that will not end until the tourney starts.
It's a disgrace to tennis such a campaign for a player who has won 6 times there, but the french are different.
can't imagine what Coubertin will think of the current french media. Coubertin, Paris olympics 1928, same year Roland Garros was built, la belle histoire of french tennis only lasted til WWII. aurevoir.
In the end, when the Paris bid lost to London the olympics for this year the headline of l'equipe was back then" the world doesn't like us". please le monde add..."and for some reasons". sure, the spanish speaking people don't.
a la merde.