Can Djokovic defend title or will Nadal make it 14? – French Open talking points

The French Open begins on Sunday with Novak Djokovic and Barbora Krejcikova looking to defend the titles they won last year, while Rafael Nadal goes in search of a 14th Paris crown.

Here, the PA news agency looks at the talking points ahead of Roland Garros fortnight.

With Nadal, fitness permitting, going for Roland Garros title number 14 and Djokovic, back from his Australian exile, aiming to tie his great rival on 21 grand slams, the men’s tournament is set up to be an absolute cracker. Don’t miss out on the fun on live betting on the matches of this years Roland Garros.

Throw in teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz – who beat the gilded duo in Madrid a fortnight ago – and last year’s runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas and the field feels the strongest for years, despite the continued absence of Roger Federer.

If he can shake off an injury, Nadal will start as favourite, but last year’s semi-final defeat by eventual champion Djokovic will still smart.

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