Murray looks to French Open to rediscover his form

His days of domination looked over, but Nadal ended last season early to fully recover from his wrist injury and since returning in January he looks a man reborn. With Novak sort of hitting that peak by winning the French a year ago he has talked about some issues off court, some motivational issues, so perhaps Andre can give him an insight into an avenue, a way where to be more easily fired up.

However, Federer, at 35, the oldest man in the top five, is skipping the French Open to save himself for an assault on an eighth Wimbledon.

The last time Nadal won in Paris was in 2014.

Murray has endured a rather lacklustre run while sitting at the top of the tennis world, making just two finals and winning only one title.

Nadal, who turns 31 on June 3, is a 10/11 favorite to win at Roland Garros, followed by Novak Djokovic (10/3), Thiem (10/1), Andy Murray (14/1) and Stan Wawrinka (14/1), according to Oddschecker. Son of former Russian tennis stars Alexander Zverev Sr and Irena Zvereva, Alexander's is a tennis family, with his brother Mischa Zverev also an accomplished singles player ranked 33rd in the world.

Melbourne Park features retractable roofs over three of its courts for the Australian Open, while the U.S. Open debuted its roof over Arthur Ashe stadium court in 2016, leaving Paris the only grand slam tournament entirely open to the elements. An entire day of play was washed out, the first time that happened at the event in 16 years, and other weather-related decisions by tournament officials drew criticism from players.

The Scot said the last few months had been hard and he had had some problems with his elbow early in the year.

The 22-year-old Aussie has faced the Serb on two occasions and has come out victorious in both encounters.

"In many ways, they are used to going all out, and so may be a bit better prepared for those wet, slow conditions where you do need to go all out".

Djokovic demolished highly-regarded Austrian Thiem for the loss of just one game in the Rome Masters semi-finals last week.

"It's an wonderful feeling to be back and to look at this trophy".

Murray turned 30 last week but there has been little to celebrate on the court, with his latest defeat coming at the Rome Masters when he lost his second-round match to local favourite Fabio Fognini. "Winning here was one of the most special feelings on the court, one of the highlights of my career".

"Interestingly enough, Andre won his most important titles late in his career and I think that's another point that fits".

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

Petra Kvitova was due to announce later on Friday whether she would make her comeback at Roland Garros six months after suffering serious hand injuries when she was stabbed by an intruder in her home.

Meanwhile Italy's Sara Errani, the 2012 finalist, has tumbled down the rankings and must come through three rounds of qualifying just to reach the main draw.

Djokovic and Agassi are deep thinkers about the sport and McEnroe said that their partnership, however long it lasts, can be a meeting of minds.

  • Julie Sanders