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Murray looks to French Open to rediscover his form

Murray looks to French Open to rediscover his form

Why is that? The draws for the second Grand Slam event of the year threw up some intense encounters - the potential of Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal in the semifinal, for starters - some tricky first-round matches and paths littered with obstacles.

Appointing Andre Agassi as coach may just provide the impetus Djokovic has been lacking, while Andy Murray heads into the tournament in poor form and it would take a huge turnaround for the world number one to take his first French Open title after losing in the final past year.

And he will be largely satisfied with his draw, with defending champion Novak Djokovic and nine-time victor Rafael Nadal ending up in the bottom half and out-of-sorts Stan Wawrinka joining him in the top half.

"That's why I'm very excited for him being here because it's a great opportunity for me to learn, to grow".

It was Novak Djokovic who took centre stage in 2016, ending his long wait for an elusive first French Open title to complete a career Grand Slam. "I think I play well in nearly every event that I have been in", said Nadal, who turns 31 next month.

"I'm ranked number one in the world, so there are worse positions to be in".

Nadal, meanwhile, is back in top form as he starts his quest for a 10th French Open title.

Murray, who is thought to have suffered another illness scare in recent days after contracting shingles in February, could face Juan Martin Del Potro in the third round at Roland Garros.

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I watched Rafael Nadal practice with Jack Sock on Court Philippe Chatrier for a good two hours where the nine-time Roland Garros champion was pummeling the ball with so much gusto, I half wished he saved some of it for the actual tournament.

Djokovic has endured a tumultuous six months on the ATP Tour, losing the world number one ranking, splitting with coach Becker, suffering an early exit at the Australian Open and recently firing his entire support staff.

In the women's draw, top seed Angelique Kerber starts against experienced Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the first round.

There is a similar situation in women's tennis, where Serena Williams has kept winning Grand Slam titles into her 30s and is the oldest No. 1 in WTA history.

Kvitova, who was attacked by a knife-wielding intruder in her apartment last December, practiced yesterday in Paris and will reveal in a press conference here on Friday whether she will compete at Roland Garros or not.

"Keep everything crossed for me that I will be able to play there!"

"They are very knowledgeable and if a player maybe isn't giving his best effort or is behaving badly, the crowd will let you know about that".

"And Rafa, again, playing on his favourite surface won three tournaments in a row, and playing confidently and much better than he was playing actually past year. So I stayed in life and I have all my fingers, I can play tennis and I can be here and be in the draw". Tournament organizers did not grant her a wild card.


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