French Open 2018: Stats and Form for the Roland Garros men's singles

"We have three more Grand Slams left this year, and this is the first one after Australia and I'm going to try and do my best to go as far as I can".

Djokovic meanwhile - a one-time victor at this event - is the only man other than Robin Soderling to overcome Nadal in the French capital having done so in the quarter-finals in 2016, although the Serbian lost to Stan Wawrinka in the final that year.

German star Alexander Zverev insisted on Friday that he should no longer be tagged as part of tennis" "next generation', as he bids to win his first Grand Slam title at the French Open.

"It's obviously been a fantastic clay-court season for me", he said. From then until now, the fabulous five-Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka-have won 50 Grand Slams.

On the face of it Nadal, who turns 32 during the second week of the tournament, will be a massive favourite once again.

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Despite being in the opposite half of the draw to three-time champion Williams, Wozniacki knows that Serena's presence as an unseeded player will put pressure on her rivals.

The former world number one is the 20th seed at Roland Garros, but he showed glimpses of his old self at last week's Italian Open before bowing out to Nadal in the semi-finals.

"Sometimes when you come back from injuries it's hard to play that well from the beginning, but he played a great event in Rome, and is no doubt one of the candidates to win here". That's a pretty good return against the best clay courter in history. The most recent of these came in Madrid earlier this month when the 24-year-old Austrian triumphed in straight sets, before losing to Alexander Zverev in the final. Has been a semi-finalist in Paris for each of the past two years but could he de-throne a fit Nadal over five sets on Philippe Chatrier Court?

Now 31, it would have been understandable had the five-times grand slam victor hung up her rackets to focus on her ever expanding business empire. Zverev, 21, has titles on clay this spring in Munich and Madrid but lost the Rome final to Nadal. He lost to the risky and experienced Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the first round a year ago.


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