PARIS, May 26 (Reuters) - There will be no gentle start for the favourites at the French Open starting this weekend, with nine-time winner Rafa Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic on a semi-final collision course.
PARIS, May 26 (Reuters) - Czech player Petra Kvitova was included in the draw for the French Open on Friday after recovering from being stabbed during a burglary at her home last December.
Andy Murray's recent form and health issues mean that nobody should get too carried away when it comes to his French Open chances. But the world No 1 was given a reasonable start in Friday's draw.
May 26 (Gracenote) - Results from the Nuremberg Cup Women's Singles matches on Friday Quarterfinal Sorana Cirstea (Romania) beat 2-Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan) 6-3 3-6 6-4
PETRA KVITOVA INCLUDED IN DRAW AT FRENCH OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS AFTER RECOVERING FROM STABBING
The 30-year-old reached the final in Paris for the first time 12 months ago when he lost to Novak Djokovic, who became the first player in 47 years to hold all four slam titles simultaneously.
The sight of Novak Djokovic teaming up with Andre Agassi at the French Open has the tennis world giddy with excitement ? and the pair's former coaches have both backed the partnership.
World No 1 Murray has been on antibiotics to counteract viral symptoms and is said to have barely practised this week after feeling what his spokesman described as 'under the weather'.
Milos Raonic will face Tomas Berdych in the last four of the Lyon Open after the pair made short work of their respective quarter-finals on Thursday.
Novak Djokovic and Garbine Muguruza will try to defend their French Open titles this year
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Andre Agassi's new partnership with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal's bid for a record 10th title are among the top story lines heading into the French Open
May 26 (Reuters) - World number one Andy Murray is battling to recover from illness before the French Open begins on Sunday, according to British media reports.
Angelique Kerber has lost all seven matches she has played in 2017 against opponents ranked in the top 20 heading into the French Open
Andy Murray's serve and movement have not been at their best, Novak Djokovic is not nearly as dominant as he was a year ago at this time and Rafael Nadal is seeking his record 10th French Open title
The top 5 in the men's tennis rankings are all at least 30 years old, the first time that's happened