Nadal and Kvitova top French Open form guide

Published by Leigh Rogers

ONES TO WATCH: Rafael Nadal and Petra Kvitova enter Roland Garros in winning form; Getty Images
Who are the top players on clay in 2018? Tennismash has ranked them based on their results on the red dirt so far this season.

Warning, these results might surprise you!

Forget the top-10 rankings as they currently stand, we’ve re-ordered them based only on clay performances this season to find out who the most in-form players are heading into Roland Garros.

The 2018 “clay rankings” are listed below – and only half of the current top 10-ranked men and women feature. Win-loss records include Davis Cup and Fed Cup matches, with top-10 record highlighting each player’s win-loss record against top 10-ranked opponents.

Men’s singles

Clay rank ATP rank Player Ranking points  Win-loss record Top-10 record
1 1 Rafael Nadal 2680 19-1 5-1
2 3 Alexander Zverev 2210 17-3 4-2
3 8 Dominic Thiem 1265* 17-5 2-2
4 21 Kei Nishikori 790 8-4 3-1
5 12 Diego Schwartzman 725 13-6 0-1
6 19 Fabio Fognini 710* 13-7 1-1
7 9 David Goffin 630 9-4 1-3
8 4 Marin Cilic 585 8-4 0-1
9 40 Stefanos Tsitsipas 530 14-5 2-3
10 11 Pablo Carreno Busta 505 9-7 1-1

* = Can earn more ranking points this week.

It is no surprise to see world No.1 Rafael Nadal top the clay-court rankings considering the 19-1 record he has built in winning titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome. But world No.3 Alexander Zverev – the Madrid and Munich champion who is 17-3 on clay this season, is not far behind.

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With three top-10 wins, world No.21 Kei Nishikori is someone the highest-ranked players will want to avoid early at Roland Garros. As is Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas, who looms as the most dangerous unseeded man in Paris. The world No.40 has posted 14 wins on clay in 2018, a record only bettered by three other players.

Women’s singles

Clay rank WTA rank Player Ranking points  Win-loss record Top -10 record
1  8 Petra Kvitova 1282 13-2 1-0
2  18 Kiki Bertens 1152* 12-3 2-2
3  4 Elina Svitolina 1065 7-2 1-1
4  1 Simona Halep  900  9-3 1-2
5  6 Karolina Pliskova  861 10-3 3-1
6  7 Caroline Garcia 820  10-4 2-1
7  25 Anett Kontaveit 656 9-4 3-3
8 16 Elise Mertens 625  13-1 0-1
9  29 Maria Sharapova  566 7-3 1-2
10  11 Julia Goerges 427 7-5 1-2

* = Can earn more ranking points this week.

Petra Kvitova has only advanced past the French Open fourth round once in nine attempts – but arrives in Paris this year on an 11-match winning streak, having won back-to-back titles in Prague and Madrid.

Only Belgian world No.16 Elise Mertens has a better winning record on clay, having won 13 of her 14 matches. The 22-year-old swept titles in Lugano and Rabat, but did not have to face a top 50-ranked opponent in either event.

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Dutch world No.18 Kiki Bertens is a quiet achiever who doesn’t have a high profile like some of her rivals – but her form suggests she is a legitimate French Open title contender.

Champion in Charleston and a finalist in Madrid, the 26-year-old will enter Roland Garros as the best performer on clay if she makes the final in Nurnberg this week.

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