Comfortable start for Rafa Nadal at Roland Garros
Rafa Nadal has come out lucky in the drawing of the Roland Garros team. The Spaniard, who is looking for his twelfth crown in clay in Paris, will face two players from
Rafa Nadal has come out lucky in the drawing of the Roland Garros team. The Spaniard, who is looking for his twelfth crown in clay in Paris, will face two players from the previous round in the first two rounds of the tournament. On his way to a hypothetical final, Kei Nishikori would be the toughest opponent for the quarterfinals while Roger Federer and Stefanos Tsitsipas are emerging again as potential rivals in the semifinals.
Less fortunate has had Novak Djokovic , who will start the assault on his fourth Grand Slam followed by the Pole Hubert Hurkacz , number 43 in the world and in the second round could see the faces with the American Sam Querrey . His rival in a hypothetical quarterfinal could be Alexander Zverev , while in the semifinals his two main rivals would be Dominic Thiem or Juan Martin del Potro . On his return to Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, Federer will open fire on the Italian Lorenzo Sonego .
Easy release for Garbiñe
Garbiñe Muguruza will also have an affordable premiere. The Venezuelan-Venezuelan, champion of Roland Garros in 2016, will debut against the American Taylor Townsend , number 96 of the world. Her rival in the second round would come out of the duel between the Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova (n.75), who already defeated this year in Monterrey, and the Swedish Johanna Larsson (111). For her part, Carla Suárez will open against Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska (number 42) and Sara Sorribes against Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck (number 55).
While in the men's circuit Novak Djokovic has well tied the world number one for a couple of months, the female comes to Roland Garros with up to four players with options to unseat Naomi Osaka . The American will start against the Slovak Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (n.92). Karolina Pliskova , champion in Rome, will do it against Madison Brengle (n.97); Kiki Bertens , champion in Madrid and semifinalist in Rome, against Pauline Parmentier (n.65); Angelique Kerber , against Anastasia Potapova (n.81); and Petra Kvitova , against Sorana Cirstea (n.93). Simona Halep , champion in 2018 and without number one options in Paris, will start against Australia's Ana Tomljanovic (No. 47).
Rivals of the Spaniards
Jaume Munar (ESP) vs. Previous
Steve Johnson (USA) vs. Roberto Bautista (ESP / N.18)
Fernando Verdasco (ESP / N.23) vs. Daniel Evans (GBR)
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs. Feliciano López (ESP)
Roberto Carballés (ESP) vs. Previous
Matteo Berrettini (ITA / N.29) vs. Pablo Andújar (ESP)
Albert Ramos (ESP) vs. Laslo Djere (SER / N.31)
Pablo Carreño (ESP) vs. Joao Sousa (POR)
Sara Sorribes vs. Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL)
Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP / N.19) vs. Taylor Townsend (USA)
Dayana Yastremska (UCR) vs. Carla Suárez (ESP / N.28)
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