Djokovic hoping Agassi can inspire him back to No. 1

Djokovic will play Spain's Marcel Granollers in round one and has been placed in the same half of the draw as title favourite Rafael Nadal.

"They are so good, no, they're going to be fighting for the most important things and I am sure that they're going to be fighting for Roland Garros", said Nadal of Murray and Djokovic. And of course, the top-seeded Andy Murray can not be overlooked.

"He's won nine French Opens, I don't think even that will be matched ever to be honest", the Olympic and Wimbledon champion - who will play Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov in the first round - tells CNN. However, the third round would likely see the Brit take on Juan Martin Del Potro, who has won two of the last three meetings between the pair. He was then beaten in the first round at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, reached the final of the U.S. Open, and lost early again at the Australian Open.

Djokovic announced last week that he had added former world No. 1 Agassi as a coach on a temporary basis, starting at the French Open, which begins Sunday.

Rafael Nadal's red-hot form makes him the favourite at Roland Garros when the French Open begins on Sunday and Murray told AFP in Paris: "Maintaining your motivation, your focus and concentration for a very long period is hard".

Djokovic demolished highly regarded Austrian Thiem for the loss of just one game in the Rome Masters semi-finals last week.

With man-of-the-season Roger Federer sitting it out to focus on Wimbledon, defending champion Novak Djokovic just showing signs of finding his mojo and world number one Andy Murray badly out of sorts, Nadal is clear favourite.

"It was missing from my list so I ticked it off and got the full set of Grand Slams".

Last year, Kerber fell in the first round at Roland Garros, losing to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

Zverev faces Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco first up, Thiem tackles Bernard Tomic of Australia while fellow "NextGen" star Nick Kyrgios faces Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.

But Djokovic has enjoyed spending time with the 47-year-old, who knows all too well the ups and downs of a tennis career.

"I am super excited to be here. It is an unbelievably hard and unsafe draw", German Fed Cup captain Barbara Rittner told reporters on the sidelines of the clay-court tournament in Nuremberg.

Second seed Karolina Plisova was drawn to face 2014 runner-up Simona Halep in the semi-finals but will start against Zheng Saisai of China.

Nadal is chasing a 10th title at Roland Garros.

In the absence of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, the women's draw is looking wide open this year.

If the seedings works out, the World No. 1 will face former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the last eight with Muguruza locking horns with Dominika Cibulkova.

  • Jo Lloyd