FRENCH OPEN '17: From Agassi-Nole to US teen, what to watch
- Author: Julie Sanders May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 13:11
Djokovic finally completed his career Grand Slam with a win in the French Open last season, the 12th Grand Slam title of his career and his sixth in nine Grand Slam tournaments since the start of the 2015 season. Raonic, who's in the bottom of the draw in the same half as defending champion Novak Djokovic, will open against world No. 38 Steve Darcis of Belgium.
If he does, it will be a historic moment in tennis as no player has won a Grand Slam title 10 times in the Open Era. Four of Murray's last five defeats at Roland Garros have come at the hands of the world number one at the time, but he now holds that title.
Rafael Nadal and Benoit Paire meet in the first round of the 2017 French Open.
The 30-year-old Djokovic won the tournament at Roland Garros last year for his fourth straight major title.
The double Olympic gold medallist from Britain faces Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov in the opening round while Djokovic has been drawn against Spain's Marcel Gronollers, with both matches taking place on Monday (May 29).
Muguruza, who would meet Francesca Schiavone in the first round, said, "It's very unusual to find two past champions meeting in the first round". France's Kristina Mladenovic is seeded to make it to the third round in her section, while sixth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova or former world No. 1 Venus Williams could await her in the quarterfinals.
"I was talking with Andre for a couple of weeks during Madrid and Rome on the phone, preparing for the matches, analysing matches", he said. The "King of Clay" also tasted victories in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, while snapping his winning streak in front of Austrian promising star Dominic Thiem in Rome.
"I think it changes after Wimbledon".
"It took me years to be able to play relaxed and my best tennis at the French Open".
Heading into the French Open, the men at Nos.
The 26-year-old said: "I guess it's a situation that's slightly unique to me and something that I have experienced over the last two years as I have been playing a lot of tournaments". The Spaniard has won 17 of 18 matches on clay this year and will not have to worry about longtime nemesis Roger Federer, who's saving himself for the grass and hard courts.
There was something unsettling about watching Nadal being thrashed by Djokovic in the 2015 quarter-finals, only his second ever loss at the slam he has owned since 2005.
Djokovic and Nadal could meet in a mouthwatering semifinal showdown at the French Open.
"I think that Rafa is the big favourite", Thiem said on Friday. "So 100% he's the one to beat and the big favourite". Remember, it wasn't that long ago when some thought Nadal's best tennis was behind him considering his inconsistencies and the fact he'll soon be 31 years old.
The British number one goes into the French Open as the seventh seed but living up to her billing on a surface she is still learning to master looks a tall order.
"I definitely see him as the No. 1 favourite for this title".
"The crowd's definitely going to be behind her and I hope she can play well because you live some of your most awesome, unforgettable experiences here as a French player".