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Five matches to watch at the French Open on Monday

28 May 2018

That said, he's only won a single match out of five in his Spring clay season and therefore the odds of this former semifinalist posting another series of memorable results has to be quite low.

Nadal's stats in Paris are simply ridiculous. Based on the evidence of the past six weeks, it's resounding. This tournament will probably end with Nadal and/or Djokovic playing, but before the big guys finish the fortnight in France, dozens of lesser-known players will try to make sure they leave Paris with a large paycheck in hand.

Rafael Nadal will face Simone Bolelli in the first round of the French Open following the withdrawal of Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Monfils loves Paris, and Paris loves him.

Zverev heads a group of younger players including Austria's Dominic Thiem and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov who are looking to upset the established order in Paris, where a player outside of the big three hasn't won since 2005 - Nadal alone has 10 French Open titles.

Alexander Zverev has deservedly placed himself as the leading light of tennis' next generation. The 36-year-old also stressed his intent to play the prestigious French Open again before he retires.

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.

Only three women in history have successfully defended their maiden Grand Slam crown at Roland-Garros: Steffi Graf, Chris Evert and Monica Seles. "I'm number 3 in the world right now".

Roland Garros can not play matches under a roof when it rains.

Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki is into the second round of the French Open after a 7-6 (2), 6-1 win over Roland Garros debutant Danielle Collins. Thomas Samson / AFP Sharapova's time to shine? Azarenka is an unseeded name the top-ranked players will be hoping to avoid for as long as possible, while two-time Roland Garros champion Sharapova is seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time since testing positive for meldonium over two years ago. 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. He won Madrid and Munich, reached the semi-finals of Monte Carlo and the finals of Rome.

Jeremy Botton has spent the last two years in an overseeing role as the chief executive of the French Open with part of his remit to "overhaul and modernise" the tournament. Thomas Samson / AFP Third time lucky for Halep? But one would none-the-less fear that the French Open is slightly too soon for him to mount a serious title challenge.

Epa06767217 Taylor Fritz of the US in action against Guido Andreozzi of Argentina during their men?s first round match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 27 May 2018.

"Every day it's very special to play here, it feels a bit like home", said Djokovic, who has not won a Grand Slam event since the 2016 French Open. Russian Kasatkina, 21, could also provide a threat - she lost to Osaka in the Indian Wells final and has risen to world number 14.

A quarterfinalist last season, PCB made runs in Barcelona, Estoril, and Rome reaching the quarterfinals or better at each of those tournaments.

Five matches to watch at the French Open on Monday