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What to watch on Monday at the French Open

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 25, 2014 at 2:21 pm •  Published: May 25, 2014

PARIS (AP) — Here are five things to look for on Monday at the French Open:


NADAL PLAYS: Rafael Nadal will start his pursuit of a record ninth French Open title Monday on Court Suzanne Lenglen, the No. 2 court at Roland Garros.

Nadal had the day off Sunday, so nobody knows how he feels about being denied a spot in the main stadium, Court Philippe Chatrier. American player John Isner, however, thought it was an interesting decision.

"That's really bizarre. I mean, how many times does the guy have to win the tournament to be able to have his first match on Chatrier?" Isner said after winning his opening match Sunday. "But I don't think Rafa really cares that much. He's just going to go out there and try to win."

Nadal will open this year's tournament against Robby Ginepri of the United States.

The top-seeded Spaniard is 59-1 at Roland Garros, with his only loss coming in the fourth round in 2009. Before that, he had won four straight French Open titles. And since then, he has won another four.


DJOKOVIC GETS GOING: Novak Djokovic still needs to win the French Open to complete a career Grand Slam, and he'll get going Monday against Joao Sousa of Portugal.

Djokovic has been sidelined for part of the season with a right wrist injury, but he returned to action and beat Nadal in the Rome final.

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