Defending champion backing Djokovic

Defending French Open champion Stan Wawrinka believes that Novak Djokovic is the favourite for the event in Paris.

It's really hard to argue with that logic, as the world number one has been in sublime form in 2016, powering to 33-2 for the season and winning 33 of the last 35 sets against top ten opponents.

"I see Novak, for sure, the favorite, as last year," Wawrinka told Tennis X.

"I think he's going to be tough to beat. He's going to be the big favorite. Then I would put [Andy] Murray and Rafa [Nadal]. 

"Rafa is starting to get back some confidence. He’s playing better. Murray is playing extremely well since few years now especially on clay. Last year he won Madrid. Now he’s in the final again."

In terms of his own form, Wawrinka has only beaten one player inside the world top 20 this year. Additionally, since his win at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, he has lost four of his last eight matches.

However, the Swiss Ace reminded the media that prior to his title last year at Roland Garros, he was also not in the best form. 

"Last year, I was struggling with my game before here," added the two-time Grand Slam winner. 

"I was starting only here to practice a little bit better, to find some level. I wasn't playing great tennis. I start little by little to play better and better in Rome, Geneva, and then in Paris.

"This year I'm just feeling really good in practice. I think I’m playing well. That's why I know that if I keep pushing myself the rest will come sooner or later. I don’t know when, but I know that my level is there."