Everyone's favourite Nadal cares only about playing well

Defending champion Novak Djokovic carries the cup as he arrives for the draw for the French Open on Friday in Paris.

Novak Djokovic revealed Friday that a chance telephone call sparked his decision to hire U.S. legend Andre Agassi as his new coach.

He admits struggling for motivation after reaching world number one status past year - but claims he's rediscovered his rhythm with his Wimbledon title defence fast approaching. Third seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, the 2015 champion, will face a qualifier and could meet Murray in the semi-finals. Before that, he faces a potential hard match- up against Juan Martin del Potro in the third round if the Argentine player recovers in time from shoulder and back problems.

Fourth seed and nine-time French Open victor Rafael Nadal is considered the favourite for the tournament and plays France's Benoit Paire in the first round.

If the seedings work out, 2016 runner-up Murray, who is reportedly suffering from an illness, would face Japan's Kei Nishikori in the last eight.

A year ago was the first time Murray reached a French final.

For good measure, he also won Madrid for a fifth time, ending a two-year seven-match losing streak against Djokovic in the process.

Nadal, who retired past year before his third-round match with a wrist injury, has a 72-2 record at the clay-court major and is the only player with nine trophies from one Grand Slam tournament.

Alexander Zverev is the man of the moment with a great win in Rome, and his confidence is high - and he could deliver a quarter-final shocker.

If the Austrian gets to the same stage this season he will most likely face Nadal again, and he knows the 30-year-old Spaniard is the one to beat. "Of course I think he's back at his best this year, and then also he won nine times".

Murray has endured a wretched season by his standards with an elbow injury not helping his cause.

Zverev faces Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco first up, Thiem tackles Bernard Tomic of Australia while fellow NextGen star Nick Kyrgios faces Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.

The Serb, who was knocked out of this year's Australian Open in the second round, has won just one title this year. France's Kristina Mladenovic is seeded to make it to the third round in her section, while sixth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova or former world No. 1 Venus Williams could await her in the quarterfinals.

"I am super-excited to be here".

The Swiss No.1 has been both steady and spectacular here over the last few years.

Adding to the uncertainty for the claycourt grand slam which starts on Sunday, defending champion Garbine Muguruza, who has not won more than three consecutive matches on the red dirt this season, was handed a tough first-round draw against 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy.

The women's draw is an utter mess for the French Open with several key players either in doubt or missing due to injury, pregnancy (Serena) or other reasons (Maria Sharapova).

Halep injured her ankle in the first set of the final of the Italian Open, which she eventually lost in three sets to world No. 6 Elina Svitolina.

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