Djokovic drawn to face Nadal in French Open semis

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Djokovic, the defending champion at Roland Garros, named USA legend Agassi as his new coach on Sunday, May 21, just minutes after losing the Rome Masters final to Alexander Zverev.

That trio's reasons for being absent?

Federer, who won the Australian Open in January, is skipping Roland Garros, focusing instead on his preparations for the grass and hard court events. Williams is pregnant and due in the fall, with plans to return to the tour in 2018. Roger Federer had of course chose to pull out of the tournament.

Agassi and Djokovic have been speaking regularly on the phone for the past couple of weeks but trained together for the first time on Thursday at Roland Garros.

Djokovic said he had shared some long conversations with Agassi in Paris and that they had "clicked and connected".

The seeds of the partnership were sown when Djokovic phoned Agassi to thank him for public support at a time when the critics were circling.

"Yesterday, Federer made a decision to go one step further and withdraw from Roland Garros, the second grand-slam tournament of the year, which begins in Paris on May 28", reports Stuart Fraser of The Times.

Top seed Murray described Nadal 's French Open feats as "incredible".

Potential challenges could come from a new generation of big hitters such as rising Austrian Dominic Thiem and Germany's new wunderkind Alexander Zverev, but Nadal looks in the mood to regain his Parisian throne. Heading into the French Open, the men at Nos. While there has been some improvement in Djokovic's performances since he parted ways with his entire coaching staff, Murray still has a lot of work to do if he is to remain world no.1 by the end of the year.

"We are in the locker rooms with lots of players, lots of sweat, lots of germs, you know, in airplanes all the time". Nadal beat Novak Djokovic in 2012 and 2014, while Djokovic got the better of Andy Murray in last year's showpiece.

Russia's Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams of the the United States of America have won the title twice each.

When former French Open finalist Simona Halep was asked to identify the favorites for this year's tournament, she said there were about 15 possible winners.

If Konta were to make it as far as the quarters, she would most likely face second seed Karolina Pliskova, who has won five of the pair's six meetings. "Now it's just a cough", said the 30-year-old British star who thinks he caught a bug training in the wet and cold of London earlier this month.

The top two seeds in the top half, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka, are notably absent from that list with neither showing anything like their best form and both have to be opposed.

In the latest Race to London rankings, Murray sits at No 13. I could see Nadal losing a set here or there, perhaps to Paire, Raonic or Dimitrov, but that's about it.

The 2017 edition of the French Open is on the wire and the defending champion Garbine Muguruza will will take on the 2010 champion, Italian Francesca Schiavone.

There's also a question mark over her fitness.

The changing of the guard is coming in men's tennis but it might have to wait until after the year's second Grand Slam in Paris.

  • Julie Sanders