With the sudden injury withdrawals of Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, up-and-coming player, Dominic Thiem (#15) of Austria, now finds himself as the favorite to get to the semi-final slot in his side of the draw.
This youngster has been referred to by pundits as the future of tennis, and well, the future of tennis may now have reached the French Open. Well, anyhow, we're still a few rounds to find out if the future has indeed arrived now as Thiem has to deal with several veteran players before he reaches the semi's stage. And these veterans are very good clay courters as well, so I don't think they'd fold up that easily.
Thiem will next meet Spanish journeyman, Marcel Granollers in the 4th round and a possible encounter with either Nicolas Almagro or Ernests Gulbis in the QF.