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Favourite Rafael Nadal To Take On Benoit Paire In French Open

29 May 2017

Djokovic, who completed the career Grand Slam when he won in Paris for the first time in 2016, faces Spain's world number 65 Marcel Granollers in the first round of this year's French Open.

Nadal boasts a sensational career record at Roland Garros with 72 wins and just two defeats, against Djokovic in 2015 and an injury-affected shock loss to Robin Soderling in 2009.

Can Rafael Nadal, after two years of disappointments, finally get his 10th French Open title this season? That includes nine French Open championships, the most by any man at one major in history; Martina Navratilova won nine Wimbledon titles on the women's side.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion parted company with his entire coaching team earlier this month before inviting American great Agassi to work with him during the year's second major tournament.

"But I do think in this situation when I have been struggling that having someone coming in with a fresh voice, different set of eyes, that can help and give you a different perspective".

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Now they have agreed to collaborate on a temporary basis for the French Open, where Djokovic, 30, is on course to meet Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals after yesterday's draw. Djokovic will start to co-operate with Andre Agassi, but it is early to predict whether he will improve or continue to search this form on this tournament.

Djokovic's relationship with the 47-year-old Agassi, an eight-time major victor, is limited, for the moment, to just the French Open. "I played the best player on clay three times in three tournaments". NBC will air the finals live, and until then you can live stream matches via NBC Sports online as well as the Tennis Channel's online service.

Temperatures are set to reach 33 degrees Celsius in Paris on Sunday and no rain is forecast on day one of a tournament disrupted by poor weather in recent years.

It feels right too because Roland Garros without the Mallorcan in full flow is a lesser spectacle.

Nadal, who retired a year ago before his third-round match with a wrist injury, has a 72-2 record at the clay-court major and is the only player with nine trophies from one Grand Slam tournament.

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World No. 1 Andy Murray is seeded to face 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka in the last four. "He's been in my shoes before, playing Grand Slams, being the best in the world, facing all the challenges ... we can relate to each other".

"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.

Thiem has already faced Nadal three times this year, losing finals in Barcelona and Madrid before beating the Spaniard in Rome 6-4, 6-3. But she has fought her way back into the top 80 this year while the fourth-seeded Spaniard has had a mixed season on the clay.

"And after these three I think there are some players who can go very deep here in paris, who can make big surprises and to these players I count Sascha (Alexander Zverev) and myself", the Austrian added.

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Favourite Rafael Nadal To Take On Benoit Paire In French Open