Published: Thu, June 01, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Nikoloz Basilashvili vs. Rafael Nadal 2017 French Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

Nikoloz Basilashvili vs. Rafael Nadal 2017 French Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his tennis match against Netherlands' Robin Haase at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on May 31, 2017 in Paris.

After his opening match at Roland Garros this year, the No4 seed, nine-time champion, the undisputed master of clay, Rafael Nadal, was asked whether he has ever found his tennis life-and its many trials-boring, hard, tedious.

For a man who has managed assorted injury problems over the years, to his knees in the early days, then last year to a wrist that took him off the tour in the middle of his Roland Garros campaign, it may also be an understandable question. Djokovic will play Diego Schwartzman next, while Nadal faces Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili.

"So I do what I believe is good for my tennis career, [what] is good for my happiness".

Lucas Pouille eased past Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 7-6 (5) 6-1 6-2 on Courth Philippe Chatrier. He dropped a set against the string bean Russian Andrey Kuznetsov on Tuesday, although he recovered in blinding style to win 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0.

"I was expecting this kind of match because I played her recently, and I saw her a little bit in the few tournaments before", said Muguruza. "We try to coexist as best as possible with the pressure", Moya, the 1998 French Open champion, was quoted as saying by AFP.

Djokovic is trying to become the first man in the Open Era to capture each of the four Grand Slams twice.

American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands halted Petra Kvitova's comeback, defeating the popular Czech 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5) in her first tournament since a horrifying knife attack in December. But, I'm here to play a tennis tournament.

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The American was furious after being given a point penalty for ball abuse on match point at 5-4 in the fourth set and called referee Wayne McEwen onto court to argue his point.

And the Argentine immediately clinched a 7-5 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 victory on Tsonga's serve, converting a fourth match point to book a second-round meeting with Kyle Edmund. I mean, he just looks like he's feeling unbelievably confident.

Earlier in the day French hopes took a beating at Jo Wilfried Tsonga lost his second round encounter Renzo Olivo.

"In the second say he thought about it, and started doing things differently". So a lot of things that I achieved are because he was there since I was three years old helping.

Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, was playing in her first competition this week after a five-month injury absence following a stabbing by a burglar a year ago.

Olivo, playing in his first French Open, meets Britain's Kyle Edmund in round two.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is also on the bill, facing Joao Sousa on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

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