Paris | Draw favours Tsitsipas to reach RG final

The draw for the French Open has been made with just the qualifiers left to be allocated their slots but, in the meantime, the top half of the draw can be described as being the more difficult of the two.

Stefanos Tsitsipsas and Daniil Medvedev will be delighted that they are in the bottom half well away from the tournament favourites, Novak Djokovic at the top, the 13-time champion Rafa Nadal at No.5 and his heir apparent, Carlos Alcaraz at No.6.

Fortunately for Alcaraz, he won’t face either Djokovic, the defending champion, or the King of Clay until the semi-finals following their prospective clash in the quarter finals.

Djokovic opens against Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka while Nadal takes on Australia’s Jordan Thompson and Alcaraz awaits a qualifier.

Britain’s No.1 Cameron Norrie is also in this half of the draw and he opens his campaign against the French wild card, Manuel Guinard who made the quarter finals in Lyon this week. Norrie, seeded 10, could also face Alcaraz in the fourth round and Alexander Zverev in the quarters.

Nadal could face former champion Stan Wawrinka in the second round, ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime (or 17th seed Reilly Opelka) in his fourth round.

Alcaraz could have problems with Sebastian Korda in the third, the American having inflicted a rare defeat over the teenager in Monte Carlo while third seed Alexander Zverev awaits in the quarter finals.

The bottom half will suit Tsitsipas in his campaign to reach the final again and his main opposition will come from Casper Ruud, seeded eight, Medvedev seeded two, and Jannik Sinner (11) and Andrei Rublev (7).

Tsitsipas opens against Italy’s rapidly improving Lorenzo Musetti. Then it’s Australia’s ‘Demon’ Alex De Minaur or Canada’s Denis Shapovalov (14) in the fourth, and Ruud in the quarters.

Medvedev has a great draw but the Muscovite doesn’t play well at Roland Garros and is returning from a hernia operation and has lost the only match he has played on clay this year, so he could well be an early upset.

Britain’s No.2 Dan Evans opens against Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina who was brough up on clay and will have to get past Tsitsipas in the fourth round if he progresses that far.

Forecasting the final is impossible but Tsitsipas certainly has a good chance of reaching it from his half but who he could face from the top, is up in the air but there most certainly will be upsets on the way.



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