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Court out Andy Murray is struggling to find form on the eve of his T French Open campaign Court out Andy Murray is struggling to find form on the eve of his T French Open campaign
Noah Ferguson | 29 May, 2017, 07:25

10 - Rafael Nadal is bidding for his 10th Roland Garros title.

That defeat to the Swede opened the door for Roger Federer to win his only French Open title. Now in its 116th year, the French Open is held at Roland Garros which despite crowning a new champion last year, Novak Djokovic, is home to "The King of Clay", nine time champion, Rafael Nadal.

"I think that Rafa is the big favorite", Thiem said Friday. He's ironed out all the problems he's had with his confidence and his movement. "Now I'm a little bit more confident". I'm going to play this tournament again which is really nice and very important.

Makarova, also left-handed, is a former top tenner who has made at least the quarterfinal of all the majors, except the French Open.

61 - Feliciano Lopez has the ATP's longest active consecutive Grand Slam played streak. Tournament organizers did not grant her a wild card. Victoria Azarenka is still on maternity leave, returning for the grass season. Angelique Kerber is the top seed, but as majors go, she is least comfortable on the red clay - as is No. 2 seed Karolina Pliskova.

Ahead of this year's French Open, we break down some of the significant numbers.

Williams or Sharapova would have been popular picks to win the French Open. Stan Wawrinka is my favorite in the top half, but it wouldn't surprise me at all to see Zverev, the recent Rome Masters victor, around for the final weekend. If I am playing well, doesn't matter if you believe or you don't believe that I am one of the candidates or not. "I knew what to expect, I just had to fight".

Djokovic, the defending champion in men's side of things, has been in poor form this year with just one title won way back in January. It's always good to see people that I have spent a lot of days in my life with. This tournament will end with Nadal or Novak Djokovic playing, most likely, but before the big guys finish the fortnight in France, dozens of lesser-known players will try to make sure they leave Paris with a large paycheck in hand.

If the seedings work out, 2016 runner-up Murray, who is reportedly suffering from an illness, would face Japan s Kei Nishikori in the last eight. Garbine Mugura, last year's champ, has been inconsistent since winning.

The Spanish southpaw is simply the greatest clay-court player in tennis history. "Andre brings an incredible amount of knowledge, wisdom, passion".

When: Sunday through June 11.

Novak Djokovic revealed yesterday that a chance phone-call sparked his decision to hire United States legend Andre Agassi as coach.

Andy Murray: The Brit hasn't been the same since a February bout with the flu and shingles.

The top-ranked Murray, who will open against Andrey Kuznetsov, was drawn in the same half as third-seeded and 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka, who he could meet in the semifinals.

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Muguruza has a tough opener against former champion Francesca Schiavone.

Elena Svitolina: Won four titles this season, including the Italian Open on clay.

On the women's side, Serena Williams will be out due to her pregnancy.

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