Djokovic, Nadal, Federer in same half of French Open draw

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all ended up in the same half of the French Open males’s subject in the draw Thursday, which means no a couple of of them can attain the ultimate.

The Huge Three prime the leaderboard for Grand Slam males’s singles titles: Federer and Nadal head to Roland Garros, the place play begins Sunday, tied with 20, whereas Djokovic has 18.

Nadal beat Djokovic in straight units in the 2020 closing for his record-extending thirteenth championship on the crimson clay of Paris, but when they meet once more this time, it could be in the semifinals. Nadal is ranked and seeded No. 3 now and so he might have wound up on both aspect of the bracket; as luck would have it, he was positioned in No. 1 Djokovic’s half.

So was Federer, whose file for many weeks atop the ATP rankings just lately was damaged by Djokovic and is presently at No. 8 after taking part in solely three matches over the previous 15 months as a result of of two operations on his proper knee. Federer might meet Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

The opposite attainable males’s quarterfinals on their aspect is Nadal vs. No. 7 Andrey Rublev.

On the opposite aspect of the draw, the potential quarterfinals are No. 2 Daniil Medvedev vs. No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas, and No. 4 Dominic Thiem vs. No. 6 Alexander Zverev.

Medvedev is a two-time Grand Slam finalist however is 0-4 for his French Open profession. Thiem received final yr’s US Open and twice has been the runner-up in Paris.

Serena Williams, who has received three of her professional-era file 23 Grand Slam titles in Paris, is in 1 / 4 of the ladies’s draw crammed with acquainted faces.

That features attainable matchups with three-time main champion Angelique Kerber in the third spherical, two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova in the fourth and both two-time Australian Open champ Victoria Azarenka or No. 3 seed Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals.

The opposite attainable ladies’s quarterfinals are No. 1 Ash Barty vs. No. 5 Elina Svitolina, No. 4 Sofia Kenin vs. No. 8 Iga Swiatek in what could be a rematch of the 2020 closing received by Swiatek, and No. 2 Naomi Osaka vs. No. 6 Bianca Andreesscu.

4-time main champion Osaka introduced Wednesday on Twitter that she wouldn’t be doing information conferences throughout the French Open.

A yr after withdrawing from Roland Garros earlier than the second spherical as a result of of an injured left Achilles, Williams will face 74th-ranked Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania to start issues. They met as soon as earlier than: On crimson clay in Rome in 2016, the yr Begu reached the fourth spherical in Paris for the deepest French Open run of her profession.

Different first-round matches of curiosity embrace Swiatek in opposition to Kaja Juvan, a 20-year-old from Slovenia who beat Kerber in the primary spherical in Paris final yr; Azarenka in opposition to one other proprietor of two main trophies, Svetlana Kuznetsova; and Kenin, final yr’s Australian Open champion, in opposition to 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Nadal and Swiatek are the favorites to win the singles titles, based on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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