Published: Sat, May 27, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Djokovic and Nadal could meet in French Open semifinals

Djokovic and Nadal could meet in French Open semifinals

The draw, and his sometimes-uncooperative body, could play factors over the course of a grueling two-week event. While he had somehow managed to get back to fitness to take his place in the main draw at Roland Garros, you knew something wasn't right with the Spaniard. Abanda, the world No. 191, will open against No. 264 Tessah Andrianjafitrimo of France.

With Djokovic's prospects uncertain and Roger Federer taking the clay season off, Rafael Nadal is heavily favored to win his 10th French 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".

"In the beginning, it's very tough to stay there".

She added, "I don't want to use the word 'spiritual, ' but there's something about the both of them, they always seem to be trying to be more evolved, be more focused".

This season, he has been the dominant player on clay, winning 17 straight matches on his favourite surface and three consecutive titles before Thiem halted his run in Rome last week.

He defeated Djokovic in the semi-finals in Madrid, snapping a seven-match winless streak against the second-ranked Serb.

Nadal, who will turn 31 on June 3 and most recently captured the crown in Paris in 2014, could be the first. "That's great for me, no?"

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"So I appreciate that very much, and I wanted to thank him in person, and over the phone".

"Interestingly enough Andre won his most important titles late in his career and I think that's another point that fits".

"I learned a lot from those matches so I think I prepared well for this tournament". "Their level of tennis is quite fantastic. I am preparing the best I can but there is no magic pattern", said Muguruza who comes into the tournament having suffered a neck injury in Rome last week. Four of Murray's last five defeats at Roland Garros have come at the hands of the world number one at the time, but he now holds that title.

Novak Djokovic has been in a slump for almost a year (his last Grand Slam title came at the 2016 French Open, when he won his fourth major in a row) so he opted to shake things up.

Andy Murray's wretched form ahead of the next week's French Open has left pundits including Boris Becker scratching their heads about what exactly is wrong with the world number one.

Djokovic, who lost his No. 1 ranking to Murray past year, has won only one of his last 11 tournaments.

Having also split with Boris Becker late past year, Djokovic has suggested he was looking for someone of a similar profile and confirmed last Sunday that he would work with Agassi on a trial basis.

"Andy had to put so much effort into finishing world number one past year that he expended so much energy to get there", McEnroe told Reuters.

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