Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz, on their recent crossing for the Masters 1000 in Madrid. Photo: Pierre-Philippe MARCOU / AFP.
An amazing Roland Garros is coming up. In both paintings, this is true. Even what can be projected in the search for the Musketeers Cup is higher than expectations. That is, at first, it was about two tennis legends (Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal) trying to keep themselves at the top against a group of young players with credentials that would remove them decisively. . Until recently in this batch were Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas (in Parisian brick dust, of the three the Greek had the best gift), but they joined Carlos Alcaraz.
And certainly, before the draw for the second Grand Slam of the season, it’s all about knowing where Djokovic, Nadal and Alcaraz will fall in the draw. Because due to their pre-classification, all three can come out on the same side to eliminate each other before the final. And it did happen.
Incredible but true, the number 1 in the world and the 13-time champion in the Bois de Boulogne they could meet in the quarterfinalseven Djokovic and, more importantly, Nadal – how much he can bother with his chronic injury anyone would guess – won’t have an easy time towards that round. Especially the Majorcan.
In the second quadrant of the draw will be seen Alcaraz, who after winning in Madrid has skipped Rome and is a newcomer to Paris with a two -week holiday. Murcian could have complications in the second and third rounds against the Spanish Ramos Vinolas or the Australian Kokkinakis and the American Korda, respectively. But if he can overcome the two hurdles, will he be able to play Zverev before the semifinals, against winner Djokovic-Nadal?
Below, the most exciting of the draw is Tsitsipas although his path will not be easy because in the round of 16 he will be able to face the Canadian Shapovalov or the Australian By Minaur. Of course the Norwegian will come later Ruud -He came from being a semi-finalist in Rome and now he will play in the Geneva semi-finals- before the semi-final against Medvedev?
The Russian could not find a way around the slow court. his is a physical and mental problems on top of that, as he himself admitted. That’s why you need to be attentive in the beginning if you plan to reach the decisive stages of the tournament. And who will be his debut rival? Nothing less than the lefty Facundo Bagnis.
The other Argentines, meanwhile, will have a wide variety of opponents. At the top of the box, Federico Coria will fight Slovakian Alex Molcan, Diego Schwartzmann against a player from the classification and Sebastian Baez | against Serbian Dusan Lajovic; and below, Francisco Cerundolo with British Daniel Evans, Frederic Delbonis with Frenchman Adrian Mannarino and Thomas Etcheverry with Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic.
Among the women there will be no compatriots – Nadia Podoroska’s current status is completely unknown and only Paula Ormaechea played in the initial stage and lost her debut – and there Iga Swiatek, number 1 in the world, will appear as the main candidate for the title after winning five consecutive titles so far this season.
Pole will have a few simple rounds at the level he has shown in his last presentations but in the third he will face Romanian Halep in a match that will be a big category for that occasion considering they are both Roland Garros champions. and that Romanian is even number 1 in the world. From there more complex rivals will start to arrive. Even if you have to travel far …