Nadal has not dropped a set to Mayer, ranked 65 in the world,
in their two contests. They meet in the second game on the
Philippe Chatrier show court after fifth seed Petra Kvitova,
Wimbledon champion in 2011, plays 27th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova,
champion here in 2009.
Andy Murray, Wimbledon champion last year and seventh seed,
takes on Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, the 28th seed, in the
final match on court Suzanne Lenglen. They have met only once on
clay, a surface on which Murray has struggled, in 2010 in Monte
Carlo, when the German won easily.
The home fans will have 12th seed Richard Gasquet to support, on
Philippe Chatrier, against Fernando Verdasco of Spain, the 24th
seed, and Gael Monfils (23) plays volatile Fabio Fognini of
Italy (14) in the third match on Suzanne Lenglen.
Their second-round meeting in 2010 was one of the most memorable
matches at Roland Garros in recent years with Fognini emerging
triumphant 9-7 in the fifth set.
(Reporting by Robert Woodward; Editing by Tom Hayward)
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