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Popcorn matches: Day two
A look at the stand-out statistics heading into Day 2 of Roland-Garros.
Here are some of the stand-out stats to look out for on Monday in Paris.
1 – Bianca Andreescu, who launched into the spotlight with the Indian Wells title, is seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time. The Canadian teenager is the No.22 seed in just her third major main draw.
2 – Last year’s runner-up Dominic Thiem begins his mission to become the second Austrian player in history to claim a Grand Slam title when he takes on Tommy Paul on Court Suzanne-Lenglen. Thomas Muster won Roland-Garros in 1995.
4 – World No.1 Novak Djokovic is attempting to hold all four majors for the second time in his career, to become the first man in the Open Era to do so twice. He previously did so in 2015-16. Rod Laver is the only other man to achieve four consecutive Grand Slam titles on multiple occasions (1962, 1969).
11 – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the most recent Frenchman to reach a Grand Slam final, having done so 11 years ago when he fell to Djokovic at the Australian Open. Tsonga meets German Peter Gojowczyk in the opening round on Monday.
12 – Reigning Roland-Garros champion Rafael Nadal is bidding to become the first player in history to win 12 singles titles at any Grand Slam. The Spaniard’s 2018 triumph put him level with Margaret Court’s 11 triumphs in Melbourne.
14 – Serena Williams begins her quest for a leading 14th clay-court title among active players when she meets Russian Vitalia Diatchenko on Court Philippe-Chatrier.
24 – Williams is gunning for an all-time record-equalling 24th Grand Slam that would tie her with Margaret Court.
29 – Sixth seed Petra Kvitova will be vying for her 29th match victory this season, extending her record for the most matches won this season. The Czech carries a 6-2 record into her match with Romanian Sorana Cirstea.
50 – France’s Alize Cornet assumes the title of having the longest active successive Grand Slam main draw appearance streak.