Djokovic opens with straight-set win in Paris

Djokovic opens with straight-set win in Paris

Nadal's stats in Paris are simply ridiculous. But if he takes the title this year, not only will he be the first German men's champion since 1937 but also the youngest men's major victor since 20-year-old Juan Martin del Potro captured the 2009 US Open. He did reach the semis in Monte Carlo and quarters in Barcelona, but consecutive losses in Madrid and Rome will not inspire confidence at to his chances of making a deep run. Based on the evidence of the past six weeks, it's resounding. They shouldn't be called next generation too much. Nadal is going for his 11th French Open trophy.

Monfils loves Paris, and Paris loves him.

Alexander Zverev enters the French Open as the second seed.

Looking a shadow of the player who won the title in Paris three years ago, Wawrinka struggled with his serve and hit an bad lot of unforced errors (72) in his 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 loss.

His form in Madrid was stunning: Zverev did not drop a set, a service game, or even face break point en route to winning the title.

Alexander Zverev is another expected to challenge Nadal's dominance, the 21-year-old German taking him to three sets in the Rome final and winning in Munich and Madrid this year.

Zverev lost in the first round in 2017 to Fernando Verdasco, but the German confidently avoided a repeat and enhanced his credentials as a threat to Nadal's hopes of an 11th title.

"We all know I'm going to beat a top-50 player at some point in a Grand Slam".

Elina Svitolina in the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand prix WTA Stuttgart
Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine in action at the 2018 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

French Open 2018 round 1 will be played at Stade Roland Garros in Paris. He is simply too good for that record to be extended any longer.

The Swiss 23rd seed, who overcame Djokovic in the French Open final in 2015, was beaten 6-2 3-6 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 by Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Thomas Samson / AFP Sharapova's time to shine?

Paris • As usual, all eyes are on Serena Williams, no matter what - whether she's attending the most talked-about wedding of the year or practicing at Roland Garros. A persistent arm injury meant the Russian struggled to build any momentum and four successive defeats this season saw her slip out of the top 50. Svitolina looks to have found a rich vein of form at just the right time to launch a serious assault on the Paris crown after defeating Halep in the final in Rome.

With such depth in the women's game right now, there's no really easy draw out there, with plenty of pitfalls to negotiate but two-time Slam champion Kvitova arguably has the best of the bunch!

Kei Nishikori has made light work of his first Grand Slam match since Wimbledon past year, advancing to the second round of the French Open with a 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-3 win against wild card Maxime Janvier of France. Thomas Samson / AFP Third time lucky for Halep?

French Open 2018 round 1 will start from Sunday (May 27).

When you're in possession of 23 Grand Slam titles, you demand respect no matter how much you've played in the a year ago.

And what on earth is Dominic Thiem doing playing and winning the Lyon tournament the day before a Grand Slam tournament gets underway? Djokovic is apparently finally over right-elbow problems, but he's gone nearly two full years without winning a major tournament.



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