Nadal, Federer in way of Djokovic’s quest for second ‘Djoker’ slam

ATP Race Djokovic Nadal Tsitsipas and Federer stand strong after May

Federer's return to the French Open came as a shock to fans, and he has now outlined why he decided to make a comeback.

Osaka was asked at a pre-French Open news conference whether she went into those tournaments believing she was going to win and if it is a mentality she has again for Roland Garros.

"Indian Wells was just wonderful because I came from a very tough period, I'd just split up with my coach, so everything came together", Thiem said.

Despite his optimism, however, Djokovic prefers to pile the pressure of expectation onto the shoulders of 11-time Roland Garros champion Nadal.

Halep, who was interviewed on stage following the women's draw, has played in each of the past two French Open finals, losing in 2017 to Ostapenko and beating Stephens previous year.

Perhaps that explains why Spain's Rafael Nadal is easily the greatest clay-court player in tennis history and why he's the +105 betting favorite to win a 12th French Open title.

"Madison recently made a coaching change, she's working with (Juan) Nacho Todero and I think they are in a really good place", Blackman said.

The 32-year-old said he had tweaked his strategy in recent months to peak at the Grand Slams. She's won no titles this year and is coming off a disappointing second-round loss to Marketa Vondrousova at the Italian Open. But the second seed is not as overwhelming of a favourite as usual, having taken until last week to capture his first title of the year, his longest trophy drought to start a season since 2004, when he earned his maiden tour-level crown.

It would take a fearless individual to bet against 11-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal from winning his 12th title in Paris in a couple of weeks time. "So I just want to take the positive and to be in this position, I think, is the best thing". Federer will open against No. 73 Lorenzo Sonego of Italy, and Thiem will face American wild card Tommy Paul, ranked No. 136. Dominic Thiem Thiem has earned a clay-court win against Nadal in three consecutive years. "I care about feeling well and playing well".

If the seedings work out for the quarter-finals, then 15-time major victor Djokovic would face Germany's Alexander Zverev who has still to get past the last eight at a Slam.

Nadal is chasing a 12th title in Paris while 2009 champion Federer is playing in the tournament for the first time since 2015. I'm here to deal with the situation, to try to get better every day with the foot still.

"I have confidence. I feel good, but you never know in tennis". Would be ready to pounce should either Nadal or Djokovic suffer shock defeats during the early stages of the tournament.

"When you win a Grand Slam, management, sponsors and everything gets added on to that and I'm sure that can have a negative effect".