Andy Murray Sure Illness Won't Hurt His French Open Chances

Nadal is chasing a 10th title at Roland Garros while second seed Djokovic, working with new coach Andre Agassi, is looking to defend the only Grand Slam title he still holds.

A wide open top half of the draw includes 2016 runner-up Andy Murray and 2015 champ Stan Wawrinka.

"It feels right at this moment because I was, in the last five, six months struggling a little bit on the court and trying to redefine myself and rediscover what kind of approach is the right one".

In anticipation of breaking her previous record of second round in Roland Garros, Chinese top-ranked girl Zhang Shuai will face Donna Vekic of Croatia in the first round, and next meet the victor between Viktorija Golubic and Aliaksandra Sasnovich, with number eight seed Svetlana Kuznetsova looming ahead in the third round.

Nadal, who had beaten Djokovic en route to winning the Madrid Masters two weeks ago, meets combustible Frenchman Benoit Paire in his opener.

Nadal will be favourite to claim a 10th title at Roland Garros, on his favourite surface.

Eyes will also be on two-time Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova's comeback six months after she was stabbed in the hand by an attacker in her home.

Now they have agreed to work together at the French Open on a temporary basis. "I will get through it", insisted Murray, who had his best year on clay in 2016 but who has now failed to reach a final in his last five events. "He only had positives to say about me ... when things weren't going well he was one of the few standing on my side and supporting me so I wanted to thank him".

The German is due to face defending champion Garbine Muguruza in the semi-finals.

World number two Djokovic parted company with his entire coaching team earlier this month, admitting he needed to rediscover his spark after some disappointing results this year.

Thiem, the 23-year-old world number nine, has already faced Nadal three times on clay this spring - losing in the finals in Barcelona and Madrid before gaining revenge in the quarter-finals in Rome.

"It's tough to say that he has come all the way back to his absolute peak but he is playing tremendous tennis", seven-times major victor John McEnroe told Reuters.

The British star begins against Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov and could face risky Juan Martin del Potro, who is playing Paris for the first time in five years, in the third round.

"You have to write what you have to do, but I don't care", said Nadal.

The 31st-seeded Vinci, who ended Serena Williams' hopes of a calendar year Grand Slam by beating her in the semifinals at Flushing Meadows in 2015, lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to Olympic champion Monica Puig.

"I think it changes after Wimbledon".

She's been a favourite of mine at the French Open over the years, ever since I backed her each-way at a tasty price in 2010. Tournament organizers did not grant her a wild card. "100% he's the big favourite", said Austrian star Dominic Thiem.

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