Heading into the French Open, the men at Nos. “I commentate for Eurosport, so you could say I’ve reached the final of every grand slam since 2002 when I started that”, he laughed.

In November, Murray became the first British man to reach world No. 1 since the rankings were introduced in 1973.

The first round of the French Open begins on Sunday May 28 from 11:00am.

Murray was drawn in the same half as third seed Stan Wawrinka, who he beat in the semi-finals a year ago, with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic potential last-four opponents in the bottom section.

This year’s Roland Garros will be the last for Nadal’s coach, his uncle Toni.

Becker, whose own highly-successful partnership with Novak Djokovic ended in December, has questioned whether Lendl gives enough time to his charge.

Zverev’s victory over Djokovic in the Italian Open final last weekend might have symbolized coming change. Could he win his 10th French Open championship a year after withdrawing before the third round with an injured left wrist? The two best players in the sport aren’t in Paris, injuries are affecting the one-time favorite and no one has pushed to the front of the pack in the lead-up to the clay-court major.

Nadal’s record on clay against the world’s top two is also heavily-weighted in his favour – 8-2 against Murray (2-0 at Roland Garros) and 10-5 when facing Djokovic (5-1 in Paris). In the other half, Murray’s route potentially includes a third-round against Juan Martin del Potro and a semi-final against 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka.

Kerber is in the midst of a baffling slump, only defeating one top-30 player in nine attempts this year.

“I’m really enjoying this part of the season”. “You rarely have many easy shots now”. I do think Djoker at 30, a young 30, obviously seeing that Federer is going to be 36 in a couple of months, I think it’s just getting back to that confidence of winning week in and week out, building up that equity. He’s just 13th on year-to-date rankings, and if he has a awful French Open and Wimbledon tandem then there are scenarios where he could kiss the No. 1 ranking goodbye.

“In Rome I was a little bit exhausted mentally more than physically, because it was a lot of days in a row playing at high intensity”, said Nadal. The arguments against him have to be weighted against the arguments in favor of him and the latter has a lot of weight. I moved Thiem up to 2nd, but I still wouldn’t drop Djokovic down further than 3rd. “I definitely see him as probably the number one favourite for this title”.

“I had a similar period after I won my first Grand Slam tournament at the US Open and also after I won Wimbledon for the first time, especially Wimbledon because I felt like there was nothing”. 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.

The last of Nadal’s 14 grand slam titles came on a drizzly day in Paris in 2014 when he beat David Ferrer and there have been times since then when his major-winning days looked over.


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