A Last Stand for the Golden Age of Men's Tennis

A Last Stand for the Golden Age of Men's Tennis

Novak Djokovic will be competing but he is still working his way back to his best form having returned from an elbow injury.

Nadal, who has lost just twice in 81 matches on the red clay of Paris, is once again the heavy favourite to triumph.

As Nadal met the media on Friday, he was asked whether winning last year or potentially this year would be less of an achievement with the Swiss maestro absent. "Being honest. Exactly the same". Ten years ago in 2008, he was chasing down his biggest rival Roger Federer and dealing with Novak Djokovic breathing down his neck.

"When I am winning and other players are not playing for some reason, that's all". I mean, now, of course it's great, this feeling. It's bad news for the tournament but not for myself if I win. Unseeded and outside the spotlight, a teenage Ostapenko blasted through a series of three-set matches, that saw her unseat 2010 finalist Samantha Stosur, Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, two-time semifinalist Timea Bacsinszky, and current No.1 Simona Halep.

The former world number one is seeded only 20 at Roland Garros, but he showed glimpses of his old self at last week's Italian Open before bowing out to Nadal in the semi-finals. "And also from the players' side, like every player you play wants to beat you".

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