Murray and Konta learn French Open first round opponents
One prominent name absent from Paris is Roger Federer.
The fifth seed from Thornhill, Ont., could potentially meet Grigor Dimitrov in the round of 16 and may face clay-court legend Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.
“And Rafa, again, playing on his favourite surface won three tournaments in a row, and playing confidently and much better than he was playing actually past year”.
Meanwhile, British No 2 Heather Watson’s bid to qualify for the French Open ended in a comprehensive final-round defeat by Dutchwoman Richel Hogenkamp.
Sounding croaky with the remnants of a cough after a recent bout of illness that affected his training in the early part of this week, Murray admitted his irritation at his form and health in 2017, which have been way below the highs of previous year.
In a bid to arrest his decline, the 30-year-old recently parted ways with his entire coaching team and has turned to former world number one Andre Agassi.
Last year’s runner-up Murray has won his two previous meetings with world number 85 Kuznetsov – in the third round of the 2014 US Open and again on hard court in Beijing last year.
Muguruza will begin the tournament against Schiavone, victor of the clay-court grand slam seven years ago, and is in the top half of the draw along with top seed Angelique Kerber.
Paire has six career wins over top-10 players with one coming this year in the Madrid Open. “Three events I have won have been very important for me”, he added, referring to the Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid titles on his favourite surface.
It’s unclear if the 56th-ranked Bouchard will be able to play because of an ankle injury she suffered at this week’s Nuremberg Cup.
As she proved previous year, Muguruza is another player who is capable of going all the way, provided she’s fully fit.
“It’s an wonderful feeling to be back and to look at this trophy”.
Murray could face risky Juan Martin del Potro in the third round.
Defending champion Garbine Muguruza was handed a tricky first round as she will take on the 2010 champion, Italian Francesca Schiavone.
“They’re unbelievable players, unbelievable competitors and we’ll see what’s going on but I am happy what I’m doing but I am sure they’re gonna be playing very well”. If Konta can get her movement on the clay right she has got a shot, the women’s event is wide open. There were times when I was younger when I was struggling at lot more than this. I don’t thing he gets back to the finals and he might not even get out of the first week.
Despite never prospering on clay, Dimitrov’s natural ability has served him well enough, but there is always a feeling that he could be doing more with it.