Djokovic, Nadal, Alcaraz In Same Half Of French Open Draw
Zeeshan Mehtab Published May 20, 2022 | 02:10 AM
Paris, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th May, 2022 ) :Defending champion Novak Djokovic, 13-time winner Rafael Nadal and new teenage star Carlos Alcaraz were drawn in the same half of the French Open on Thursday.
World number one Djokovic and Nadal, ranked five, are seeded to meet as early as the quarter-finals.
Alcaraz, 19, is bidding to become just the eighth teenager to win a Grand Slam men's title.
He could face either Djokovic or Nadal, who holds a record 21 majors, in the semi-finals in a top-heavy draw for the second Grand Slam of the season.
"In Paris, I always play very strong. Last year, it was the toughest major that I had won." Djokovic had to twice come from two sets down last year to beat Lorenzo Musetti in the last-16 and Stefanos Tsitspas in the final having also beaten Nadal from a set behind in a bruising semi-final.
"Musetti, Rafa, Tsitsipas -- every match lasted more than three hours. It was exhausting but I loved the outcome." Djokovic, who celebrates his 35th birthday on Sunday, the opening day at Roland Garros, faces 94th-ranked Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan in the first round.
Nadal arrived at Roland Garros looking to shake off the recurrence of a long-term foot injury which saw him limp to an early defeat in Rome last week where Djokovic claimed a sixth title in the Italian capital.
The Spaniard could face 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka in the second round.
The teenager knocked out Djokovic and Nadal on his way to victory in the Spanish capital.
Alcaraz's potential opponent in the last 32 is Sebastian Korda who shocked him in the first round in Monte Carlo in April.
Third-ranked Alexander Zverev meets a qualifier while Tsitsipas has a tough opener against Musetti.
The 20-year-old Pole begins against a qualifier while second seed and defending champion Barbora Krejcikova faces France's Diane Parry.
"The courts are incredible. The clay is different from the other tournaments but it suits me," said Krejcikova at Thursday's draw ceremony at Roland Garros.
She had also been threatened with expulsion and fined by organisers over her refusal to attend press conferences.