View Schedule: Djokovic, Nadal & Thiem Headline Day 2 At Roland Garros
A blockbuster Day 2 at Roland Garros will see top seed Novak Djokovic, 11-time champion Rafael Nadal and fourth seed Dominic Thiem begin their campaigns in Paris. 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka also features in Monday's schedule.
Djokovic starts his fortnight against talented Pole Hubert Hurkacz. The Serbian lifted his 33rd ATP Masters 1000 title this month at the Mutua Madrid Open (d. Tsitsipas) and finished runner-up at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia (l. to Nadal). Djokovic has never lost in the opening round here (14-0) or before the quarter-finals since 2009. The 22-year-old Hurkacz reached his first Masters 1000 quarter-final earlier this year at the BNP Paribas Open.
Second seed Nadal begins his title defence against German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann. After three consecutive semi-final finishes during the European clay swing, Nadal beat Djokovic in the Rome final for his 34th Masters 1000 title. The Spaniard’s 86-2 record in Paris is unmatched and he’s also a perfect 14-0 in first-round matches at this event. Hanfmann is making his main draw debut in Paris.
Thiem starts his quest for his first Grand Slam title against American wild card Tommy Paul. The Austrian won the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (d. Medvedev) without dropping a set and recorded a semi-final showing in Madrid. Thiem knows what it takes to excel in Paris, having finished runner-up last year (l. to Nadal) and semi-final runs in 2016 and 2017. Paul, currently No. 133 in the ATP Rankings, won the Roland Garros boys’ singles title in 2015 (d. Fritz).
Wawrinka will look to create more magic in Paris when he faces Slovakian Jozef Kovalik. The 34-year-old Swiss defeated Kei Nishikori en route to a quarter-final showing in Madrid and finished runner-up this February at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament (l. to Monfils). Kovalik is seeking his first Grand Slam main draw win.
Other notable matches on Tuesday include 12th-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev taking on Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert and 13th-seeded Croatian Borna Coric squaring off with Slovenian Aljaz Bedene. #NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov, seeded 20th, faces German Jan-Lennard Struff.
ORDER OF PLAY – MONDAY, 27 MAY 2019