French Open - Day five preview: Nadal and Murray back
Wed, 30 May 08:37:00 2012
Rafa Nadal, chasing a record seventh French Open title, will be looking to preserve his perfect record against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin when the two meet in the second round at Roland Garros on Thursday.
Nadal, who has lost only once on the Paris clay since his debut in 2005, will eclipse the record of six titles he shares with Bjorn Borg if he triumphs again this year but the second-seeded Spaniard is adamant he is not obsessed with the landmark.
"We are in the second round. That's the thing. I have enough work to do thinking about the next round, and not think about if Bjorn will be here or if I'm gonna play the final," Nadal, who is scheduled second on Court Suzanne Lenglen, told reporters.
Nadal has beaten Istomin in both of their previous meetings.
Russian second seed Maria Sharapova continues her quest for a maiden title at the French Open, the only grand slam missing from her collection, against Japanese Ayumi Morita on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France will be on Court Suzanne Lenglen to finish his match against German Cedric Marcel Stebe after it held over due to rain. The duo will resume the third set at 1-1 having split the first two sets.
Murray ready for Nieminen
ORDER OF PLAY
Court Philippe Chatrier:
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) v. Andy Murray (GBR)
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) v. John Isner (USA)
Ayumi Morita (JPN) v. Maria Sharapova (RUS)
Court Suzanne Lenglen:
Urszula Radwanska (POL) v. Petra Kvitova (CZE)
Denis Istomin (UZB) v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Na Li (CHN) v. Stephanie Foretz Gacon (FRA)
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) v. Richard Gasquet (FRA)
David Ferrer (ESP) v. Benoit Paire (FRA)
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)
Virginie Razzano (FRA) v. Arantxa Rus (NED)
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v. Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
Heather Watson (GBR) v. Julia Goerges (GER)
Jesse Levine (USA) v. Milos Raonic (CAN)
Marcel Granollers (ESP) v. Malek Jaziri (TUN)
Robin Haase (NED) v. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) v. Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ)
Juan Monaco (ARG) v. Lukas Rosol (CZE)
Kaia Kanepi (EST) v. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
Christina McHale (USA) v. Lauren Davis (USA)
Bernard Tomic (AUS) v. Santiago Giraldo (COL)
Nina Bratchikova (RUS) v. Claire Feuerstein (FRA)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v. Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
Florian Mayer (GER) v. Eduardo Schwank (ARG)
Play starts at 10:00 UK timeReuters