French Open 2017| Murray faces an uphill road to the finals

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French Open 2017| Murray faces an uphill road to the finals

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SportsCafe Desk

05/26/2017

The French Open draws have been revealed and Andy Murray has been handed a tricky path to what would be his second consecutive final at Roland Garros. Though Murray has avoided the likes of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in his half, he still faces a tough road to the finals in Paris.

The French Open draw was revealed earlier today. Rafael Nadal, last year's French Open winner Novak Djokovic, seventh positioned Dominic Thiem and World No. 1 and runner-up of the last French Open Andy Murray start as favorites to win the second slam of the year.

Nadal who has been known as the king of clay court will start his proceedings against World No. 44 Benoit Paire while Djokovic will open his campaign against World No. 76 Marcel Granollers. Murray would definitely want to bounce back to winning ways and would take on

Murray, on the other hand, will definitely want to bounce back to winning ways when he takes on World No. 87 Andrey Kuznetsov. Murray could face an early challenge in the third round where he might go against Juan Martin Del Porto if the Argentine features in the tournament. Stan Wawrinka will take on the winner of the Qualifiers.

The Indian duo of Ramkumar Ramanathan and Yuki Bhambri were knocked out of the qualifiers and we will have to wait for the doubles and mixed doubles draw to be certain of Indian representation.

Notable round 1 matches:

Rafael Nadal vs Benoit Paire

Andy Murray vs Andrey Kuznetsov

Novak Djokovic vs Marcel Granollers

Stan Wawrinka vs Qualifier

Kei Nishikori vs Thanasi Kokkinakis

Dominic Thiem vs Bernard  Tomic

Alexander Zverev vs Fernando Verdasco

Gael Monfils v Dustin Brown

Ernests Gulbis vs Marin Cilic

Nick Kyrgios vs Phillip Kohlschreiber

Raonic vs Steve Darcis 

Projected round of 16 matches:

Murray-Berdych

Nishikori-A. Zverev

Wawrinka-Monfils

Cilic-Tsonga

Nadal-Sock

Raonic-Dimitrov

Thiem-Goffin

Djokovic-Pouille

Projected Quarter Final:

Murray-Nishikori

Wawrinka-Cilic

Nadal-Raonic

Djokovic-Thiem

Projected Semi-Finals:

Murray-Wawrinka

Nadal-Djokovic

In Women's single's draw defending champion, Garbine Muguruza is pitted against the 2010 Roland Garros winner Francesca Schiavone while World No 1 Angelique Kerber will take on 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova.

Projected Round of 16 Matches:

Kerber-Kvitova

Kuznetsova-Wozniacki

Muguruza-Mladenovic

Cibulkova-Venus

Halep-Vesnina

Svitolina-Keys

Konta-Radwanska

Projected Quarter Finals:

Kerber-Kuznetsova

Muguruza-Cibulkova

Halep-Svitolina

Pliskova-Konta

Projected Semi-Finals:

Kerber-Muguruza

Halep-Pliskova



Did you know, Nadal is the only male player in tennis history to win one Grand Slam and Masters 1000 title for ten consecutive years from 2005–2014.

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