Murray set for ‘amusing’ Wawrinka match, with Konta & Evans also in action on day one

Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka after their 2017 French Open final
Andy Murray (left) lost to Stan Wawrinka within the 2017 French Originate semi-finals, with the Swiss going on to lose to Rafael Nadal within the final
Dates: 27 September – 11 October Venue: Roland Garros, Paris
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Andy Murray says it modified into as soon as “fun” to be drawn against fellow three-time Sizable Slam champion Stan Wawrinka within the French Originate, which begins on Sunday.

British old world no 1 Murray, 33, plays the 16th seed final on Court docket Philippe Chatrier at about 17: 30 BST.

Murray is taking part in on clay for the main time since losing to Wawrinka within the 2017 semi-finals at Roland Garros.

British number ones Johanna Konta and Dan Evans additionally birth on Sunday, taking part in against Coco Gauff and Kei Nishikori.

Ninth seed Konta takes on American 16-three hundred and sixty five days-broken-down Gauff on Court docket Suzanne Lenglen at about 15: 00, with 32nd seed Evans meeting Japan’s old world number four Nishikori on courtroom 14 at about 12: 00.

Court docket Philippe Chatrier Court docket Suzanne Lenglen
Jannik Sinner (Ita) v David Goffin (Bel) [11] Victoria Azarenka (Blr) [10] v Danka Kovinic (Mno)
Simona Halep (Rom) [1] v Sara Sorribes Tormo (Spa) Jurij Rodionov (Aut) v Jeremy Chardy (Fra)
Anett Kontaveit (Est) [17] v Caroline Garcia (Fra) Johanna Konta (GB) [9] v Coco Gauff (US)
Andy Murray (GB) v Stan Wawrinka (Sui) [16] Alexander Zverev (Ger) [6] v Dennis Novak (Aut)

‘First time I’ve watched a entice 10 years’

Murray being drawn against Switzerland’s Wawrinka in his Roland Garros return modified into as soon as a quirk of destiny which has excited fans.

Throughout the 2017 match in Paris, Murray felt for the main time something modified into as soon as no longer glorious with his hip and it modified into as soon as an disaster which threatened to prevent his profession lower than two years later.

Two predominant surgical procedures and quite a lot of other comebacks later, he’ll face 35-three hundred and sixty five days-broken-down Wawrinka – whose savor profession has been disrupted by knee injuries – in his second Sizable Slam match in fleet succession after a second-round defeat at the US Originate.

“Or no longer it’s an fun arrangement. Or no longer it’s basically the main time I’ve watched the entice the past 10 years,” acknowledged Murray, who is ranked 111th.

“Obviously this may per chance per chance fair also be a indisputably intelligent match. That match I performed against Stan about a years ago modified into as soon as a brutal one.

“I more or less knew something modified into as soon as up sooner than the Kei Nishikori match within the quarter-finals.

“I did now not know that it modified into as soon as that immoral but at the stop of the Stan match, within the fifth voice, I modified into as soon as struggling to push up on my attend and engaging to my forehand.

“It on no account felt the an analogous after that match.”

Konta are now not fazed by Gauff hype

Konta, 29, returns to the jam the place she enjoyed a memorable speed to the semi-finals a tiny bit over 15 months ago.

Nonetheless her produce-up has been vastly assorted to final three hundred and sixty five days – she has won glorious one match in a shortened clay-courtroom season and arrived in Paris with out a stout-time coach.

The Briton says she is “getting higher day to day” on the floor but she would doubtlessly have most trendy to lead determined of a skills love Gauff in her opener.

The teenager announced her arrival on the largest stage with a speed to the Wimbledon fourth round in June 2019, backing that up with a an analogous effort at the Australian Originate in January, the place she knocked out defending champion Naomi Osaka.

Coco Gauff
Coco Gauff, who modified into 16 in March, is ranked 51st and plays within the Roland Garros main arrangement for the main time

Konta, who has on no account performed Gauff, acknowledged: “I know she’s very passe for her age. That’s the reason she’s in a jam to compete at the stage she’s competing.

“She’s bodily and mentally passe sufficient to handle the requires we now have on tour. Obviously she’s going to glorious help getting higher and higher.

“I am very determined on the proven truth that I’m going in taking part in yet every other legit tennis participant who is one in every of the bid-ranked within the sphere. Or no longer it’s a long way now not any longer linked if she’s 14 or 40.

“I’m going to be taking part in against the tennis that she brings, no longer her social media following, no longer her persona.”

Evans, 30, has acknowledged he doesn’t revel in taking part in on clay and modified into as soon as handed arguably the worst arrangement he may per chance per chance have had against Nishikori.

The arena number 35 is one jam below Evans within the rankings after disaster considerations and reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros final three hundred and sixty five days for the third time.

“No-one indisputably desires to ask his quality. It is also a intelligent match,” acknowledged Evans, who has on no account won a main-arrangement matchat the French Originate.

“I indisputably have to exit there and take a look at my ideal to fetch the match and have confidence what happens.”

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