Agassi and Djokovic practiced for the first time at Roland Garros on Thursday but the American loss of just one game in the Rome Masters semi-finals last week.
The 30-year-old Nadal has already reached the magical 10 titles number this year at the claycourt events in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
For good measure, he also won Madrid for a fifth time, ending a seven-match losing streak, stretching back over two years against Djokovic in the process.
Nadal boasts a sensational career record at Roland Garros — 72 wins and just two defeats, to Djokovic in 2015 and an injuryaffected shock loss to Robin Soderling in 2009.
On clay this year, Djokovic has been on an upward curve — quarter-finals in Monte Carlo, semifinals in Madrid and a runners-up spot in Rome where he was comprehensively demolished by Alexander Zverev.
“It was one of my last dreams in insisted that he was not in the market for a full-time job.
“The only agreement we have is terms of tournaments that I wanted to win here,” said Djokovic.
“It was missing from my list so I ticked it off and got the full set of Grand Slams.”
Murray has endured a wretched season by his standards with an elbow injury not helping his cause.
He lost in the third round in Monte Carlo, made the semis in Barcelona, was a third-round loser in Madrid before an opening defeat in Rome to Fabio Fognini.
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.
Nishikori, yet to get past the quarter-finals in Paris, begins against 21-year-old Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis. for Paris, and given our discussions, it’s not a full-time job for me,” he added. AFP
In the women’s draw, top seed Angelique Kerber starts against experienced Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the first round.
Angelique is due to face defending champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the semifinals.
“I am super-excited to be here. I am preparing the best I can but there is no magic pattern,” said Garbine who comes into the tournament having suffered a neck injury in Rome last week.
Garbine has a tough opener against former champion Francesca Schiavone.
Second seed Karolina Pliskova was drawn to face 2014 runnerup Simona Halep in the semi-finals but will start against Zheng Saisai of China.
Simona has an ankle injury and described her chances of making Roland Garros as “50-50” earlier this week.
The women’s event is regarded as being wide open with Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka all absent.
If the seedings works out, Angelique will face former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the last eight with Garbine against Dominika Cibulkova.
Elina Svitolina would face Simona, who she defeated in the Rome final, while Britain’s Johanna Konta would be Karolina’s last-eight rival. AFP
Novak Djokovic (right) talks with his new coach Andre Agassi during a training session on Thursday ahead of the French Open.