“In a lot of ways she feels like Rafa,” Andy Roddick picks Iga Swiatek as the favourite for Roland Garros, compares her with Rafael Nadal


“In a lot of ways she feels like Rafa,” Andy Roddick picks Iga Swiatek as the favourite for Roland Garros, compares her with Rafael Nadal

Iga Swiatek, Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick

Iga Swiatek was brilliant as ever again as she defeated Ons Jabeur in the finals of the Italian Open to win her 28th consecutive game. The Current World No.1 won the WTA title 6-2, 6-2  against Ons Jabeur in a one-sided final in Rome. The young Pole was a sensation as she won her fifth WTA title since coming to the Italian capital and she has made that dreamt into reality.

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The World No.1 was dominant as she did not drop a set in Rome and won the Italian Open with relative ease/ Her toughest match was against former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu where he was then on the verge of dropping a set but she locked in and dug deep to keep the slate clean. Swiatek for the first time in her career successfully defended her title in Rome.

During a Tennis Channel interaction, former World No.1 Andy Roddick makes his pick for the upcoming Roland Garros in the women’s circuit and the American was pretty sure whom he is going to pick like everyone else who wants a safe bet going into Paris later this year.

The former US Open champion picked Iga Swiatek as the favourite as he compared her to Rafael Nadal due to her exceptional dominance on clay in the women’s circuit. Roddick said, “Swiatek, I would take her versus the field and then some,” he said. “In a lot of ways, she feels like Rafa (Nadal) felt a lot of years out there.”

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Iga Swiatek wins her fifth WTA title of the year

Iga Swiatek
Iga Swiatek

Before the Italian Open, Iga Swiatek was having a season defining year as she proves to the world that she is here to dominate and play at a very high level. While we expect the other players to step up, Swiatek simply is the best at the moment and by some distance.

She won WTA titles in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart and now in the Rome Masters. This was her fifth WTA title and four WTA Masters title in a year and it could have been more as the young Pole decided to take a break from the Madrid Open which saw the runners Ons Jabeur win. Swiatek has dropped only one set in her last 20 matches that too against an in-form Luidmila Samsonova in the semifinals in Stuttgart. The young Pole was as close to flawless as it gets in the Italian Open.

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