The Swiss maestro regained the world number one ranking in February after a blistering start to the year in which he claimed the Australian Open during a 17-match winning run.
The Spaniards latest victory at Roland Garros gives him 17 career Grand Slam titles and extends his record for most titles at a single major.
Beating Nadal on a clay court is the ultimate challenge in tennis - a notion both 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic and three-time Grand Slam champion Murray agree.
"I don't believe that what happened, even if I lost - even with the victory - creates a big impact about what can happen in Paris.".Three players have won the tournament without losing a single set: Ilie Nastase in 1973, Bjorn Borg in 19, and Rafael Nadal in 2008, 20Michael Chang (17 years, 3 months in 1989) is the youngest winner of the tournament.He will begin his campaign against young Australian Alex de Minaur.Federer waved 'au revoir' until the summer following his Miami Open defeat in March.You can also follow BBC Tennis on Twitter and the BBC Sport Instagram account for more behind-the-scenes coverage from Roland Garros.Serena Williams has reached the final in three of her last four appearances at Roland Garros with her defeat in the 2016 final being her last match on clay.But she showed encouraging signs by reaching the last 16 in Rome before losing to Ostapenko.Roland Garros was the first Grand Slam tournament to join the "Open" era in 1968, and since then many tennis greats have graced the famous clay courts, including Björn Borg, Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Gustavo Kuerten, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal."I think a lot of people would understand in my situation and it's the right thing." Last year's singles champions Jelena Ostapenko and Rafael Nadal took home about.16m (1.9m) each.Nadal trademark winning moments, rafael Nadal Beat David Ferrer to win his 8th French Open title in last 9 years, Sunday, 09th June At Court Philippe Chatrier Mens Singles Final.Round 4.m.
Rafael Nadal reacts having won his 9th Frenc Open Title.
The 33-year-old Swiss has reached at least the semi-finals in each of the past three years, but a lack of time on court means a similar feat this year might be beyond him.
Wednesday, May 30, round 2.m.(10) Sloane Stephens, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 French Open women's singles draw French Open facts Opta has compiled a comprehensive list of stats and facts ahead of the tournament.Monfils' French Open win record is the best he boasts at any Grand Slam, and he ensured his 2018 tournament saw a positive start following victory over Benchetrit.Gregoire Barrere: 4-6, 0-6, 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 (26) Damir Dzumhur.The former world number one has plummeted to 453rd in the world rankings, but is able to use her protected ranking to play at Roland Garros.Round 3.m.Normal service resumed for the Spaniard at the Italian Open, a gutsy three-set victory over Germany's in-form Alexander Zverev giving him an eighth title in Rome, and helping him regain the world number one ranking from long-time rival Roger Federer.The networks will also show replays later in the day.Round, time, sunday, May 27, round 1.m.Thursday, May 31, round 2.m.