Djokovic excited by 'new vibe' with Agassi

"I know I need to be ready since the beginning, because I have a tough opponent in the first round", Nadal said. He's still trying to find his right game and consistency.

Zverev faces Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco first up, Thiem tackles Bernard Tomic of Australia while fellow "NextGen" star Nick Kyrgios faces Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.

"I was the first British player to win Wimbledon for such a long time". "That's great for me, no? Yeah, that's it. I need to play my best". Happy about the events that I won.

"I mean, their level of tennis that they have performed is quite fantastic". Rafa is playing on his favorite surface and playing with confidence, much better than a year ago.

"I definitely see him as number one favourite for this title". Neither will have to contend with Roger Federer, who is sitting out this tournament to concentrate on the grass- and hard-court events.

The draw for the upcoming French Open is out and the biggest match of the tournament is expected to be one of the two men's semi-finals where second seed Novak Djokovic and fourth seed Rafael Nadal will be pitted against each other if all goes to plan.

After last year's French Open, Djokovic lost in the third round at Wimbledon, his earliest defeat in a Grand Slam in seven years.

Nadal and Federer rolled back the years to reach the final of the Australian Open, where it was the legendary Swiss who prevailed in an absorbing showdown.

Djokovic, who lost his No. 1 ranking to Murray past year, has won only one of his last 11 tournaments. "It brings back memories from a year ago", Djokovic said at the draw ceremony.

There seems to have been more talk about who will not be playing in the second Grand Slam of the year than those who will grace the famous clay courts.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia and his coach Andre Agassi attend a training session at Roland Garros, Paris, May 26, 2017. It's possible Murray could face Juan Martin del Potro, who has been battling shoulder and back problems, in the third round.

Thiem, who will take on Australian Bernard Tomic in the first round, has not left the top 10 of the ATP rankings since making his breakthrough when he reached the last four of the French Open a year ago. Garbine Muguruza is the defending champion and will face the 2010 victor, Francesca Schiavone, in the first round.

Williams' absence ensured there is no strong favorite and there are doubts over whether the in-form Simona Halep will play due to an ankle ligament injury. Now I have to play well here. If I am playing well, doesn't matter if you believe or you don't believe that I am one of the candidates or not.

"He's someone that inspires me a lot", said Djokovic. "So I stayed in life and I have all my fingers, I can play tennis and I can be here and be in the draw".

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