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Djokovic, Nadal, others set for French Open showdown

World number 1 and Italian Open champion, Novak Djokovic will kick start his French Open campaign against Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka.

Djokovic and Nadal Rivalry

Djokovic, who recently won his first 2022 title in Italy after seven months of trophy drought, may likely meet Australian Open champion, Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals.

Both tennis stars, who suffered stunning defeats in the hands of wunderkind and promising tennis talent, Carlos Alcaraz, in the Madrid Open, would probably have met in the Australian Open Championship.

However, Serbian Djokovic, denied a visa over his unvaccinated Covid-19 status, saw the Spaniard defeat world number 2, Daniil Medvedev, to clinch the Australian Open title to record 21 Grand Slam wins.

The 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal, Djokovic, Alcaraz and German Alexander Zverev have been drawn in the top half of Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal of Spain poses with one of his trophies
Rafael Nadal of Spain poses with one of his french open trophies

While world number 2, Daniil Medvedev, fourth seed Stefano Tsitsipas, and Russian Andrey Rublev all occupy the second half.

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Nadal’s first game who is looking to win the French Open for the 14th time will be against Australian Jordan Thompson while Madrid Open champion, Alcaraz has drawn a qualifier in the opening round.

Nadal vs Djokovic

Meanwhile, Scottish Andy Murray has withdrawn from competing in Roland Garros following a food poisoning that saw him pull out of the Madrid Open.

The Scot recently returned to action after hip surgery to defeat wildcard Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov in Madrid Open to set a clash with Djokovic which could have been their first since 2017.

Murray deliberately abstained from competing in Roland Garros to build his form ahead of the Wimbledon scheduled for next month, June 27 to July 10, 2022.

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