5 Things To Watch For This Week At The 2017 French Open

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1. The Feud Ripping Apart the Women’s Draw 

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The three countrywomen have been on strained terms

For the first time since 1994, three French woman (Caroline Garcia, Alize Cornet, and Kristina Mladenovic) have reached the Round of 16 at Roland Garros.  One would think this would be a joyous occasion for the three fellow countrywomen, however, a personal rift has stemmed due to the abrupt termination of the dominant doubles pair of Garcia and Mladenovic, in addition to Garcia’s refusal to play in the Fed Cup due to injury.  Keep watching to see if the rift between these players is put on display in the later rounds of the tournament.

2. Rafael Nadal’s Quest For a 10th French Open Title 

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Can Nadal regain his throne at Roland Garros?

Rafael Nadal, the most dominant clay player of all time, has not won at Roland Garros since 2014.  Nadal, who has only lost two matches in the French Open since his debut in 2005, is still the player to beat.  Will the “King of Clay” make history this year and become the first player ever to win 10 titles at one Grand Slam tournament?  Don’t count him out.

3. Dominic Thiem’s Battle For His First Grand Slam Title

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With a stunning defeat of Novak Djokovic, can Dominic Thiem get his first Grand Slam Title?

The 23-year old Austrian, currently ranked seventh in the world, is an up and coming star in the sport but has yet to win a major title.  While Thiem is playing superb tennis thus far at Roland Garros, he has a challenging match against Rafael Nadal looming.  Can he defeat one of the all-time greats and continue his quest to win his first Grand Slam?

4. Can Andy Murray Avenge His U.S. Open Loss To Kei Nishikori and Advance To The Semi-Finals?

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Andy Murray faces Kei Nishikori on Wednesday afternoon

Andy Murray will face Kei Nishikori on Wednesday afternoon and will try to avenge his U.S. Open loss to the tough Japanese player.  With convincing wins against Juan Martin Del Potro and Karen Khachanov, Murray looks like he is getting his swagger back.  Can Nishikori stun the world number one and advance to the semi-finals?  Watch to find out.

5. Who Will Win On The Shared Birthday?

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Jelena Ostapenko has been a surprise contender thus far at Roland Garros

Jelena Ostapenko, the 19 year-old unranked Latvian has been a major surprise so far in the French Open, recently beating established players like Caroline Wozniacki.  She will face Timea Bacsinszky in the semi-finals on Thursday.  Aside from being one of the most important matches of their lives, it is both of their birthdays, with Ostapenko turning 20 and Bacsinszky turning 28.  One of these players will celebrate their birthday with a berth in the finals, and the other will be packing up early.

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