World #1 men’s tennis participant Novak Djokovic© AFP
Reigning champion Novak Djokovic will come up in opposition to his long-time aged coach when he plays Slovakia’s Alex Molcan within the 2nd spherical Wednesday at Roland Garros, whereas Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz look to retain their French Initiate title ambitions heading within the appropriate direction. World no 1 Djokovic split from Marian Vajda after final year’s ATP Finals having worked with the Slovakian coach since he was a younger person in 2006. They took a break from each in diversified in 2017 but reunited the subsequent year.
Molcan and Vajda started working collectively earlier this month.
Djokovic eased to victory in spherical one in his first Gigantic Slam match since shedding final year’s US Initiate final, but standing within the manner of a document-equalling 21st main are both potentially Nadal and Alcaraz within the 2nd week.
“The blueprint is the blueprint. That you just would possibly now not in actuality affect it. Or now not it is a subject of luck or some diversified pressure interfering with who goes to come support to which side and quarter and semi and no topic,” acknowledged Djokovic.
“I did have a examine the blueprint. I ponder all of us assemble. But at the tip of the day, you largely must flip your attention to handiest the subsequent subject.”
Chasing a 14th French Initiate title, Nadal goes up in opposition to French wildcard Corentin Moutet within the evening session. Moutet knocked out 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka in spherical one.
Nadal began the year with a 20-match winning bustle, shooting a 2nd Australian Initiate title to allege a document 21st Gigantic Slam and circulate earlier than Djokovic and Roger Federer.
The 35-year-passe’s document at the French Initiate stands at a staggering 106 wins and true three losses since his 2005 title-winning debut, but he’s with out a title on clay this season after facing rib and foot accidents.
“Needless to claim the boldness is bigger for folk that engage Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, or Rome,” acknowledged Nadal.
“Even as you happen to’re winning extra suits and further tournaments which you too can honest have gotten better self perception. The opponents feels that too, and at the tip, you are extra frail to the stage that it be crucial to play to engage suits.
“When right here’s now not the case, issues are diversified.”
Alcaraz, 19, is attempting to alter into true the eighth child to have a first-rate men’s title, and broadly tipped to break the stranglehold of Djokovic and Nadal.
He’s the tour’s dominant participant in 2022, posting a 29-3 document and winning a season-leading four titles.
Three of his triumphs have come on clay in Rio, Barcelona and Madrid where he defeated Nadal, Djokovic and world quantity three Alexander Zverev to hoist the trophy.
He faces fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas for a reveal within the final 32.
Zverev, a Roland Garros semi-finalist in 2021, takes on Sebastian Baez of Argentina. The 21-year-passe Baez gained his maiden title at Estoril before every thing build of the month.
Greek fourth seed Maria Sakkari, who was a degree away from reaching the final right here 12 months within the past, takes on Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic.
Reigning US Initiate champion Emma Raducanu plays Aliaksandra Sasnovich in spherical two, whereas Bianca Andreescu, the 2019 winner at Flushing Meadows, faces Olympic champion Belinda Bencic.
Two-time aged Australian Initiate winner Victoria Azarenka meets Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, who made the final four in Paris eight years within the past.
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