Rafael Nadal wary of Benoit Paire threat at the French Open

Hazel Gray
May 28, 2017

Muguruza claimed her maiden grand slam crown at Roland Garros 12 months ago, stunning Serena Williams in the final. Could he win his 10th French Open championship a year after withdrawing before the third round with an injured left wrist? "I think he can only improve, because he understands how strong he is". "That's one of the things I felt like I needed is new inspiration, someone that knows exactly what I'm going through on the court, off the court".

Nadal is bidding to win the French Open for a 10th time and is considered the leading favourite after clinching clay court titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid already this year.

"That was when I started to feel sick". "That's great for me, no?" "I feel much better just now". When I had my back surgery it was very hard for me. "The only way to have chances, real chances to play good event is play very well, be healthy, and then be with the right attitude in every practice and in every match, no?"

Djokovic can't boast the same confidence as his Spanish rival after struggling with form and confidence recently. "Their level of tennis is quite fantastic". "I need to accept that I'm struggling and find a way to get through it. I definitely see him as probably the number one favorite for this title". The 2009 champion made a decision to skip the red-clay courts of Roland Garros to focus on upcoming grass-court and hard-court tournaments.

When that quintet of major champions (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray and Stan Wawrinka) finally slows down, there will be a gap at the top.Qualifying: Who was Roland Garros, for whom the tournament's grounds are named? He was knocked out of this year's Australian Open in the second round by Denis Istomin.

Winning three clay-court tournaments in a row signaled that Rafael Nadal is back and again a candidate to win the tournament he has dominated the way no man has dominated any Grand Slam event. "It was one of my most special feelings", he added.

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We've asked our panel of experts whether or not world No 1 Andy Murray can upset the form book to win the French Open.

The 2017 French Open draws were announced on Friday.

Meanwhile, Spain's Muguruza has a tough opener against former champion Francesca Schiavone. She had reached the final in three of her last four appearances at Roland Garros. Murray is joined in his half of the draw by 2015 victor Stan Wawrinka.

"They are so big players that it's I think normal that they are still so good with a little bit older age", Thiem said. "It's a tournament that I want to play, it gives me great hope to participate".

"You have to write what you have to do, but I don't care", said Nadal when asked about his status as favourite.

"But that's it. No, no, I am very happy the way that I arrived here". That was one of the biggest, of course.

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