Muguruza: 10 to 15 players can win French Open in Serena's absence

- Garbiñe Muguruza is aiming to become the first woman to win successive French Open titles since Justine Henin (2005, 2006, 2007).

Although he has often wasted his talent with his antics and his inability to handle frustration, Frenchman Paire is a gifted player anyone should handle with care, nine-time Roland Garros champion Nadal said.

"I am going to try to give myself more opportunities but I achieved much more than I ever dreamed".

"The win over Rafa was of course a big thing for me", Thiem said. Among Djokovic's most daunting prospects is a possible quarter-final meeting with Dominic Thiem.

"Novak called me about three weeks ago and I said "no" at the start", Agassi said, according to Sky Sports. "That's great for me, no?"

"I'm sure they've talked on the phone but just doing it in person is a lot easier". "I played the best player on clay three times in three tournaments".

Nadal has been the dominant player of the clay-court season and has won 17 straight matches on his favourite surface, while Djokovic has been struggling with form and confidence recently. "Their level of tennis is quite fantastic". Because he's had a lack of matches, I can't see him being able to continually dig deep in matches early on and then being in position to beat the best at the end of the event. Federer made a decision to skip the entire clay-court circuit to focus on preparing for grass and hard courts.

Defending champions Serbia's Novak Djokovic listens before the draw of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, May 26, 2017 in Paris.

Murray is spending significant time with Lendl for the first time since his shock loss to Mischa Zverev at the Australian Open.

"If you miss a lot of tournaments your ranking drops and people say, 'He's only ranked number seven in the world, he's not that good'".

While Murray and Wawrinka highlight one half of the draw, the other half might be more intriguing.

Third seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, the 2015 champion, will face a qualifier and could meet Murray in the semi-finals.

Should Murray make it past 85th-ranked Kuznetsov in round one, he would face either Slovakia's Martin Klizan or French wild card Laurent Lokoli.

In the absence of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, the women's draw is looking wide open this year.

Konta is also in a reasonable quarter - avoiding Halep, Kerber and defending champion Muguruza - but given her struggles on the clay, and the lack of any obvious favourite, don't read too much into that. "She has reached a couple of finals and had a great match against Halep in Madrid".

"I think this could be potentially very exciting bringing on Andre", ESPN pundit and former world number four Brad Gilbert said of Djokovic, who has trended downwards since competing his career grand slam by beating Murray in the 2016 final.

"But that's it. No, no, I am very happy the way that I arrived here".

  • Julie Sanders