New mum Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion and former world number one, hasn't played since last year's French Open and will miss this year's edition after giving birth to son Leo in December. If I'm at my best and he's at his best on clay, he's probably the better player.
His projected quarter-final opponent is Kei Nishikori, while Tomas Berdych could await him in round four. Besides last year's final, Murray has been in three semifinals and two quarterfinals in Paris and has won 34 of his 43 matches there. Andre played his best tennis from 29 on. He's one of the greatest players ever.
Another player who has been out of sorts is Britain's Murray.
World No. 2 Djokovic parted company with his entire coaching team earlier this month, admitting he needed to rediscover his spark after some disappointing results this year. For the moment Djokovic's brother, Marko, and his spiritual guru, Pepe Imaz, have been helping out in recent weeks.More news: 'Houdini' of Alabama death row executed for murder-for-hire
It has been a very bumpy ride since for the Serbian but he appears to be coming back into form at the right time and all eyes will be on his new coaching partnership with Andre Agassi. "I'm looking to stay here for as long as possible".
"Yesterday was the first day".
"He's someone that inspires me a lot". Really important for Djokovic to get back to what you brought up. These tournaments are so strong, so it's incredible for me to go that far. "We talked before every match, more or less".
Djokovic, who lost his No. 1 ranking to Murray previous year, has won only one of his last 11 tournaments.
Murray's poor form this year has, not surprisingly, reflected his physical travails. The Scot's surge towards the top began in last year's clay-court season, during which he won the title in Rome and reached the finals in both Paris and Madrid, but he has yet to make a final on terre battue in 2017. "Obviously if it goes badly, then maybe he goes home after the French for a bit".
While the five-time grand slam champion was denied a wildcard, Roger Federer will not be in Paris of his own accord, opting to skip the clay-court season in order to prepare for challenges to come on the grass and hard surfaces.
Recently, she has started to play well again and although she retired from the Italian Open semi-final with a neck injury, there are few players capable of beating her when her aggressive first-strike game is in full swing. "Andre had a renaissance later in his career, into his 30s where he had success late in his career", McEnroe, who will be imparting his wisdom for Eurosport during the French Open, said.