Roland Garros beckons the champions and challengers

But one would none-the-less fear that the French Open is slightly too soon for him to mount a serious title challenge.

The defeat means that the three-time Grand Slam champion will slip from 30th in the world to outside the top 250 after the tournament, having failed to defend the ranking points he gained in 2017. If they win their first-round match, they will make close to $50,000. He is now 4-3 in Grand Slam action.

Broadcaster ITV has all the coverage of the French Open this year, covering the Grand Slam from 9.30am-9pm every day until the latter stages.

Whilst Thiem has enjoyed more success against the veteran Spaniard, he hasn't shown the same consistency as Zverev this year, and has yet to get his hands on one of the sport's biggest trophies.

Any such conversation about who could be an eventual successor tends to begin with Alexander Zverev, a 21-year-old German. Who would be your pick to take the title? In her last four appearances at Roland Garros she had made the final twice.

Returning to the place where he claimed the second of his three Grand Slam titles did not help Wawrinka shake off his poor form.

Two-time Wimbledon champion and eighth seed Petra Kvitova surges into the second round after a remarkable comeback to defeat V. Cepede Royg 3-6, 6-1, 7-5.

Federer (resting and preparing for grass and hard courts) and Murray (recovering from hip surgery) are not at Roland Garros.

This year, world number 16 Lucas Pouille is France's top hope but he has never got beyond the third round in Paris and has just one match win to his name on clay in 2018.

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Azarenka, a semifinalist in Paris five years ago, is now ranked 84th after giving birth to a son in December 2016.

Novak Djokovic swept Grand Slam titles two years ago in Paris, while competing in this year's tournament as No. 20 seed, his lowest Grand Slam seeding since the 2006 U.S. Open after an elbow injury forced him to be sidelined from many tournaments last year.

The big-serving Osaka took control from the outset, hitting 10 aces and 19 winners while committing 15 unforced errors to her opponent's 23.

Trungelliti will play Bernard Tomic in the first round.

Novak Djokovic opened his French Open campaign with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva.

Elina Svitolina, like Zverev, achieved her biggest title to date by winning the Rome title previous year, where she defeated Simona Halep from a set and a break down in that final.

As temperatures soared as high as 29 degrees Celsius on the main Court Philippe Chatrier in Paris, Jelena Ostapenko's reign as champion came to a crashing halt against the 66th-ranked Kateryna Kozlova, 7-5, 6-3. While Rafael Nadal, the defending champion who had completed La Decima on Parisian Clay past year is back and has been given a lucky half of the draw, while women's champion Jelena Ostapenko has been handed a tricky draw.

In women's play, No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki takes on American Danielle Collins, while two-time champion Maria Sharapova faces Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands.

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