Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal may meet within the quarter-finals of the French Open.
The pair have received 15 of the final 17 titles at Roland Garros between them, with Nadal claiming 13 of them however shedding to eventual champion Djokovic within the semi-finals final yr.
They haven’t met as early because the quarter-finals at any grand slam for the reason that French Open seven years in the past however Nadal has dropped to world quantity 5 whereas he goes into the match with issues over a power foot drawback.
An unbalanced draw noticed Carlos Alcaraz, extensively thought-about the more than likely challenger to Djokovic and Nadal, additionally positioned within the high half – together with Alexander Zverev – and a possible semi-final opponent for both of the 2 veterans.
The essential beneficiary of the draw gave the impression to be final yr’s runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas, who joined second seed Daniil Medvedev within the backside half.
Nadal, who will tackle Australian Jordan Thompson within the first spherical, may meet former champion Stan Wawrinka in spherical two.
There had been good attracts for Britain’s two essential hopes, with twelfth seed Emma Raducanu making her debut at Roland Garros towards a qualifier whereas tenth seed Cameron Norrie will meet French wildcard Manuel Guinard.
Raducanu, who will start her marketing campaign on Monday, has proven encouraging type in her first skilled matches on clay and is seeded to satisfy in-form sixth seed Ons Jabeur within the final 16.
Dan Evans, who’s seeded twenty ninth however nonetheless searching for a primary victory at Roland Garros, faces a more durable opener towards Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo.
Rounding out the British contingent, Heather Watson meets French teenager Elsa Jacquemot and Harriet Dart, one other debutante, faces former quarter-finalist Martina Trevisan.
World primary and scorching favorite Iga Swiatek opens towards a qualifier however may tackle former champion Simona Halep within the fourth spherical for the third time in 4 years.
Defending champion Barbora Krejcikova, who has not performed since February due to an elbow harm, will meet France’s Diane Parry whereas Naomi Osaka was handed a troublesome opener towards Amanda Anisimova, to whom she misplaced on the Australian Open in January.
Osaka is again at Roland Garros 12 months after pulling out of the match following a row over her appearances at press conferences and opening up about her psychological well being difficulties.
What is it?
It is the second grand slam of the yr, the French Open at Roland Garros, which runs from Sunday May 22 to Sunday June 5 this yr.
What TV channel is the French Open on?
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What is the newest information?
Novak Djokovic might be allowed to defend his French Open title because the match prepares to stage what is predicted to be the primary Grand Slam with none Covid-19 associated restrictions for the reason that pandemic broke two years in the past.
France has lifted restrictions in nearly all public areas – besides hospitals, nursing houses and public transports – which means the Roland Garros stadium must be working at full capability with Djokovic taking to the pink dust courts.
“As things stand, nothing stands in the way of Djokovic taking part in the French Open,” match director Amelie Mauresmo mentioned.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner was unable to defend his Australian Open title in January after being deported from the nation in a furore after being initially admitted to the match regardless of not being vaccinated towards coronavirus.
Who are the defending champions?
Novak Djokovic and Barbora Krejcikova received the singles tournaments in Paris final yr.
What are the newest odds?
Men’s champion newest odds:
Rafael Nadal 7/5
Novak Djokovic 11/4
Carlos Alcaraz 13/5
Stefanos Tsitsipas 5/1
Alexander Zverev 14/1
Women’s champion newest odds:
Iga Swiatek 21/10
Simona Halep 6/1
Paula Badosa 11/1
Barbora Krejcikova 12/1
Maria Sakkari 16/1