French Open 2014: Andy Murray returns to action at Roland Garros on Saturday

Last Updated: 31/05/14 9:17am

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Andy Murray back in action at the French Open

Andy Murray back in action at the French Open

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Andy Murray returns to action in Paris on Saturday when he should face his toughest test yet against Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round of the French Open.

Murray has dropped just a set in his two matches so far at Roland Garros this year, but Kohlschreiber presents a real obstacle to Murray's progression.

The 28th-seeded German has yet to drop a set in the tournament and has real form on clay, with three titles to his name on the dirt including a home victory in Dusseldorf just last week, meaning he is back in form.

Seventh seed Murray will face a lengthy wait to get back onto the clay though, with his match scheduled to be the last of four played on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Top seed and eight-time champion Rafael Nadal also continues his latest quest for victory on Saturday against Leonadro Meyer of Argentina - who has never progressed beyond the third round in any grand slam.

Nadal on court

Nadal is second on Court Phillipe Chatrier, after fifth seed in the women's draw and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova faces Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 27th seed from Russia who has two slams to her name including one French Open win back in 2009.

Andrea Petknovic and Kristina Mladenovic follow Nadal onto the main court at Roland Garros, which will have to wait for the final match of the day for some home interest when Richard Gasquest steps into the fray.

The 12th seeded Frenchman missed the claycourt season in the run-up to the French Open, but that doesn't seem to have affected him as he's yet to drop a set going into his tough-looking contest with Fernando Verdasco.

American Sloane Stephens is getting a habit of saving her best tennis for the grand slams, and the 15th seed will have to show some of that to get the better of Ekaterina Makarova in Saturday's opening match on Suzanne Lenglen.

A resurgent former world No 1 Ana Ivanovic is next up on the court, with the Serbian now seeded 11th and climbing back up the rankings after finding some form that looked to have been beyond her at times.

Ivanovic hope

Lucie Safarova will offer a good test to Ivanovic, who made two finals at Roland Garros and won one of them - with that victory in 2008 providing her only major success to date.

Gael Monfils will then look to give the home crowd something to shout about by making the fourth round, but he will be up against it to get beyond 12th Fabio Fognini of Italy - although his unpredictability at times could offer Monfils a chance.

Fifth seed David Ferrer is also in action, with the Spaniard taking on Italian Andreas Seppi first up on Court 1, and that match is followed by Jelena Jankovic's clash with Sorana Cirstea.

Another Murray is in action on Saturday with Andy's brother Jamie playing in the men's doubles alongside Australian partner John Peers in the last match on Court 1.

The 15th seeds have the worst possible draw in the third round though, as they have to slug it out with American top seeds Mike and Bob Bryan.

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