Juan Martin del Potro, back (yet) again
With his wrist injuries finally behind him, Juan Martin del Potro finally has everything he needs to shine on the clay, a surface on which he has won four of his 21 titles. He was a semi-finalist at Roland-Garros in 2009 and a quarter-finalist in 2012, where both times he fell to Federer in five sets. But now that he is back to his best, can the “Tower of Tandil” follow in the footsteps of the last Argentinean to win here in Paris back in 2004, Gaston Gaudio?
Dominic Thiem – the next wave?
A potential winner of Roland-Garros in many people eyes in the (near) future, Dominic Thiem, is currently No.6 in the world and is among the players to keep an eye on this season, particularly when the clay comes around. The "Dominator" is very much at ease on this surface, having won seven of his nine titles on the red dirt, including at Buenos Aires this year. Having reached the semi-finals in Paris the past two years, the Austrian could be the first member of the #NextGen to take home a Grand Slam.
Alexander Zverev – the next step
At the tender age of 20, Alexander Zverev has already shaken up the tennis hierarchy. Last year, the German picked up no fewer than five titles, two of them on clay, in Munich and Rome, the latter being his maiden ATP Masters 1000 win. He currently sits at No.5 in the world, having been in the top three at the end of 2017. "Sasha" now needs to take the next step when it comes to the Grand Slams, where he has never gone beyond the Round of 16. But everyone knows that the potential is there.
Gaël Monfils – it’s all about the clay
Having made the semi-finals at the Porte d’Auteuil in 2008, the quarters in 2009, 2011 and 2014 and the second week in his last two appearances, Gaël Monfils has little left to prove on the Paris clay. This year, he is prioritising the red dirt, heading off to South America earlier in the season, and although his best result was a semi-final in Buenos Aires, the four tournaments he played down there will have given him significant momentum when the European swing comes around, with Roland-Garros as its culmination.