HomeTENNISDjokovic, Nadal and Federer in same half of French Open draw
Djokovic, Nadal and Federer in same half of French Open draw
May 27, 2021
With Nadal having dropped behind Daniil Medvedev to 3rd within the rankings, it raised the potential of a lopsided draw, and so it has proved.
There may be no repeat of final yr’s remaining, when Nadal defeated Djokovic to win a twentieth grand slam title, with the pair seeded to satisfy within the final 4.
Federer is a possible quarter-final opponent for Djokovic, though, given the 39-year-old’s lack of matches and said goal of hitting kind on the grass, it could be one thing of a shock if he made it that far.
High seed Djokovic will open his marketing campaign towards American Tennys Sandgren whereas Nadal faces younger Australian Alexei Popyrin and Federer meets a qualifier.
Britain’s Cameron Norrie, who additionally opens towards a qualifier, has reached two ATP Tour finals on clay within the final month and is a possible third-round opponent for Nadal, though he’ll first should get previous in-form Italian Lorenzo Sonego.
Medvedev, who reached his second slam remaining on the Australian Open however has by no means received a major draw match at Roland Garros, faces a difficult opener towards in-form Kazakh Alexander Bublik.
Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev are the opposite massive names within the backside half whereas British primary Dan Evans – one other participant in search of a primary victory at Roland Garros – meets Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic.
Within the ladies’s draw, defending champion Iga Swiatek opens towards Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan and is in the identical half as high seed Ashleigh Barty, who returns to Roland Garros for the primary time since successful the title in 2019 and faces American Bernarda Pera first up.
Seventh seed Serena Williams is within the reverse half and meets Irina-Camelia Begu whereas second seed Naomi Osaka takes on one other Romanian in Patricia Maria Tig, with each ladies wanting match wins on clay.
With Harriet Dart shedding within the remaining spherical of qualifying, Britain have simply 4 representatives throughout the singles and neither Johanna Konta nor Heather Watson have proven encouraging kind.
Konta, seeded 19 and defending rating factors from 2019’s semi-final, meets Sorana Cirstea of Romania, who beat her on the US Open final yr, whereas Watson has received simply considered one of her final seven matches and takes on Kazakh Zarina Diyas.
An fascinating first-round match-up sees 2020 runner-up Sofia Kenin play former champion Jelena Ostapenko whereas Carla Suarez Navarro makes her return following profitable most cancers remedy towards former US Open champion Sloane Stephens.
Forward of the event a statue of Nadal was unveiled on the entrance to Roland Garros.
The statue commemorates the Spaniard’s unbelievable haul of 13 French Open titles.