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French Open: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer all in same half of draw

Defending champion Nadal and world No. 1 Djokovic can not meet in the ultimate as they did final 12 months — Nadal got here out on high in straight units — with the pair projected to face off in the semifinals as a substitute.

However, Djokovic has the small matter of doubtlessly having to beat 20-time grand slam champion Federer to get there, with the Swiss doubtlessly dealing with Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

Nadal will start his efforts to win a record-extending 14th French Open title with a primary spherical match in opposition to Australian Alexei Popyrin, Djokovic will face American Tennys Sandgren and the eighth seeded Federer will face a qualifier.

Federer’s French Open preparations had been dented by a shock defeat to Pablo Andújar on the Geneva Open final week, in what was Federer’s first match since he made his damage comeback in March.

Russian world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem, Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas and Germany’s Alexander Zverev are in the opposite half of the draw.

In the ladies’s draw, defending champion Iga Swiatek is in the same half as world No. 1 and 2019 winner Ashleigh Barty, who pulled out of final 12 months’s event as a result of pandemic.

World No. 2 Naomi Osaka, who introduced that she won’t be taking part in press conferences throughout the French Open, is seeking to advance past the third spherical at Roland Garros for the primary time and will face Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig in the opening spherical.

Serena Williams, who’s hoping to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam titles, has been drawn in the same half as Osaka and will face Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu in the primary spherical.
Serena Williams hopes to equal Margaret court's all-time grand slam record.

Williams’ preparations for her record-equaling try have been removed from perfect, with the French Open No. 7 seed falling to a shock straight units defeat to Kateřina Siniaková on the Emilia-Romagna Open final week.

Spaniard Carla Suárez Navarro might be making her return to tennis for the primary time since beating most cancers and will face 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the opening spherical.

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