French Open draw looks favorably on my two picks, Rafa Nadal & Victoria Azarenka!


Defending champion Rafa Nadal will begin his quest for a record-equalling sixth title at Roland Garros against Wimbledon marathon man John Isner. Nadal, who is bidding to match Bjorn Borg’s feat, has a tricky opponent in the giant American, who set a Grand Slam endurance record last year when he won an epic second round tie against Nicolas Mahut at the All England Club which lasted 11 hours and five minutes.

Murray, a quarter-finalist in 2009, is seeded to play Jurgen Melzer in the last eight. He has beaten the Austrian world number eight in all of their previous five meetings, although Melzer made it to the semi-finals of the French Open last year. If Murray overcomes Melzer, top seed Nadal is likely to be waiting for him in the semis. World number two Novak Djokovic, who has chalked up 37 successive victories this year, is on course to meet Roger Federer in the semi-finals. Djokovic, twice a semi-finalist in Paris, faces Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker in round one, while Federer begins his campaign agaisnt Spain’s Feliciano Lopez.

Women’s world number one Caroline Wozniacki will play 40-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm, who is twice her age, for a place in round two. Kim Clijsters, playing the French Open for the first time since a semi-final appearance in 2006, meets Anastasiya Yakimova, while defending champion Francesca Schiavone takes on highly-rated American teenager Melanie Oudin and Maria Sharapova faces Mirjana Lucic.



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