Tennis: Tennis-Djokovic, Nadal could meet in French Open quarter-finals

PARIS (Reuters) – Defending champion Novak Djokovic and 13-times winnner Rafael Nadal are on a quarter-final collision course on the French Open following the draw on Thursday.

World primary Djokovic, again on the Grand Slam scene after being deported from Melbourne forward of the Australian Open following his choice to not have a COVID-19 vaccination, will begin his marketing campaign towards Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka.

He was drawn in the hardest half of the draw with Nadal in addition to in-form Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz and world quantity three Alexander Zverev, who could conflict in the final eight.

The French Open will function at full capability for the primary time in three years after the final two tournaments have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s wonderful to see all of the followers who’ve already come right here for the {qualifications},” stated Djokovic, who attended the draw ceremony at Roland Garros.

In the decrease a part of the draw, final 12 months’s runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas faces a tough first-round match towards Italian Lorenzo Musetti, who final 12 months took Djokovic to 5 units in the fourth spherical.

World quantity two Daniil Medvedev could tackle compatriot Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals as Russian gamers have been allowed to compete regardless of their nation’s invasion of Ukraine.

Wimbledon organisers have determined to ban Russian and Belarusian gamers from collaborating in the grasscourt Grand Slam this 12 months.

In the ladies’s draw, scorching favorite Iga Swiatek, seeking to safe her second French Open title in three years, could face former champion Jelena Ostapenko in the final 16.

Ostapenko was the final participant to beat the Polish world primary earlier than she began her 28-match unbeaten streak, successful 5 titles earlier than the beginning of the French Open on Sunday.

Defending champion Barbora Krejcikova is on a last-16 collision course with former world primary Victoria Azarenka in the decrease a part of the draw.

Naomi Osaka, who withdrew from the event final 12 months after skipping her media duties and citing psychological well being points, has been drawn to face American Amanda Anisimova, the twenty seventh seed.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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