Djokovic-Nieminen Muller-Lorenzi Kokkinakis-Q Tomic-Q Gasquet-Q Berlocq-Q Kavcic-Lu Smyczek-Anderson Dimitrov-Sock Carreno Busta-Estrella Burgos Coric-Querrey Robredo-Q Mannarino-Melzer Kuznetsov-Jaziri Almagro-Dolgopolov Halys-Nadal Murray-Q Pospisil-Sousa Q-Q Istomin-Kyrgios Goffin-Krajinovic Giraldo-Young Chardy-Q Seppi-Isner Cilic-Haase Duckworth-Q Janowicz-Hamou Vesely-L.Mayer Troicki-Struff Bolelli-Darcis Gimeno-Traver-J.Sousa Lacko-Ferrer Nishikori-Mathieu Matosevic-Bellucci Bemelmans-Becker Q-Verdasco Bautista Agut-F.Mayer Q-Rosol Monaco-Delbonis Gabashvili-Lopez Tsonga-Q Kukushkin-Sela Ramos-Vinolas-Andujar Soeda-Kohlschreiber Fognini-Ito Q-Paire Dodig-Stepanek Q-Berdych Wawrinka-Ilhan Lajovic-Gonzalez Berankis-Stakhovsky Jonson-GGL Gulbis-Q Mahut-Q Tiafoe-Klizan Pouille-Simon Monfils-Roger-Vasselin Schwartzman-Haider-Maurer Thiem-Bedene Groth-Cuevas Karlovic-Baghdatis Dzumhur-Youzhny Granollers-Q Federer-Q http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/draws/index.htmlWell, there it is folks. The long awaited French Open draw in all its glory. And it is not lacking any surprises, the biggest of which is Djokovic and Nadal being in the same quarter. The second biggest surprise is that Murray is in the same half as these two, leaving Federer with the best French Open draw he’s had in years.
- Djokovic and Nadal in the Same Quarter
But knowing that the Djoker is lurking in the quarters should he come through won’t exactly fill him with confidence I think, making him more prone to an upset. But given current form the Djoker surely has to be the favorite if they meet in the quarters. I don’t think four match wins will be enough to get Nadal back to his old level while the Djoker has been impeccable of late. No doubt all the losses against Nadal at the French as well as the pressure of completing the career slam won’t exactly fill the Djoker with confidence either.But that’s what makes it so interesting. As for their draw until the quarters the Djoker has it pretty easy while Nadal has Dolgopolov in the second round and Dimitrov/Sock/Robredo/Coric in the fourth round, so an upset before the quarters is not unthinkable. But should these two meet in the quarters, which is the most likely outcome, we have the most interesting quarter-final matchup in Paris in years, if not ever. The closest the Djoker has ever come at beating Nadal was in the semis, and the earlier you get Nadal at the French the better…
- Murray Also in the Top Half
I hope that’s not the stress of marriage causing Murray’s baldness…
- Federer’s ‘Cakewalk’ Draw
- R1: Qualifier
- R2: Granollers
- R3: Karlovic
- R4: Monfils/Thiem/Cuevas
- QF: Wawrinka/Garcia-Lopez/Simon
- SF: Berdych/Nishikori
…and the stress of Roger causing Edberg’s baldness.Still, you would hope that Roger could take advantage of this opportunity if you are a Fedfan. Especially after what happened at the US Open and Australian Open. I’m sure many Fedans feel Roger owes them when it comes to the slams. I’m sure he’d want to prove to himself too that he’s still got it where it matters most. There is doubt about his stamina as well as mental fortitude after what happened in Melbourne. And nothing less that a final in Paris would put those doubts to rest for the time being. Why? Because his current clay court form says he is good enough to do it. He lost to Monfils in Monte Carlo, but that was before he found his clay game in the Istanbul final. Or maybe I expect too much? All I know is if he wants to win another slam title he can’t lose in the third round to the likes of Seppi. That is not gonna get it done. With his current clay court form, he simply has to find a way to make the final. If he does that there is always a chance he can win the title too. Sure the ideal scenario was semi-finals, but that was before the draw came out. Now that he dodges the rest of the big four before the semis he has to try and capitalize. And making the final would also be a boost before Wimbledon.
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