Lots of blockbusters in the men’s and women’s draws at the French Open

The men’s and women’s draws for the 2022 French Open have been made official, and both have thrown in some potentially exciting matches to watch next fortnight.

As a rule, we start with the men’s draw, which will be without Spanish rider Feliciano Lopez as he failed to qualify for the main draw of a major tournament for the first time since the 2002 Australian Open.

This means that the main draw of his drawn Grand Slam series ended in 79, just one less than 80. This includes Roger Federer the Great, more than any other man or woman.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic has made headlines for a blockbuster top half of the draw, which includes 13-time champion Rafael Nadal and exciting young power Carlos Alcaraz.

The Joker will start his bid to complete an unprecedented triple career Grand Slam against Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka and will emerge as the favorite from the eighth of his draw to set up a huge showdown against Nadal in the last eight.

A round is expected to be held earlier than when they met last year, when the Serbs came down from a set to knock out the Spaniards in four; This is the first time Clay King has lost a match since Roland Garros won the first set.

The only big threat to this match is 15th seed Diego Schwartzman, who can wait for Djokovic in the fourth round.

Nadal, for his part, started with a fight against Sydney Jordan Thompson and could then face 2015 champion Stan Warinka in the second round, then face Italian veteran Fabio Fognini or Dutchman boutique Van de Jundsculop in the third round.

In the second quarter, German third-seeded Alexander Zaverev will start against a qualifier but then face potential tough opponents in the third round, where the 25th-seeded and most recent Monte Carlo finalist Alejandro Davidovich Fokina awaits.

Alex Zverev hit the backhand in the 2021 ATP final

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John Isner or Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz is expected to face off in the fourth round; The two Americans could face each other in the previous round.

The next-highest pick this quarter is young Spanish Carlos Alcaraz, who has set the tennis world on fire with his performances this season, winning four titles, including the prestigious Miami and Madrid titles, on both sides of the top ten for the first time. Time

El Palmer’s 19-year-old starts against a qualifier and in the process, compatriots Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Sebastian Corda and Cameron Nari could face off before the expected quarter-final clash against Xavier.

US Open champion Dominic Thiem, who has been sidelined for the past 12 months due to injury, is in the draw and 21st seed Karen Khachanov has been drawn as a potential opponent in the second round.

A Nadal-Alcaraz semifinal is likely to be a “defender change” moment at the French Open, as happened at Wimbledon in 2001 when Roger Federer, less than a month old at the age of 20, upset legend Pete Sampras. In his first appearance in central court.

Now on the page, and French wildcard Joe-Wilfried Tsonga will have a tough time trying to extend his career to at least one more match, drawing eighth-seeded Caspar Rudd in the first round.

The Frenchman, who broke the scene with his run in the final of the 2008 Australian Open, has been plagued by injuries in recent years and announced last month that his hometown would be his final major before retiring.

Recently ousted Miami champion Hubert Hurcaz is also in the draw and after starting against a qualifier, the pole could face former semi-finalist Marco Chechinato in the second round.

Any of these players who could reach the final eight could face fourth-seeded Stefanos Sitcipas, who sought to bury last year’s disappointment when he lost to Novak Djokovic in the final after a two-set victory.

The Greek star started against Italian Lorenzo Musetti and could face French wildcard Lucas Puel in the second round. Outside of that, he is expected to face Dan Evans in the third round and Denis Shapovalov or Alex de Minaur in the last 16.

Alex de Minaur playing backhand.

Alex de Minaur is playing backhand in his fourth round of the Australian Open against Janik Sinar. (Photo by Queen Rooney / Getty Images)

The lower quarter of the draw could see a potential clash between compatriots Daniel Medvedev and Andrei Rublev, who are competing without their name flags due to the ongoing Russian-Ukraine crisis.

Rublev, who will face seventh-seeded Italian 11th seed Janic Sinar in the 16th round, where Medvedev could face Serbian Miomi Kekmanovic in the third round and Pablo Carreā§‹o Busta or Marin Cilic in the fourth round.

Assuming there is no major catastrophe, the following could be revealed after the quarter-finals:

Quarter finals
[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [5] Rafael Nadal (ESP)
[3] Alexander Zaverev (GER) v [6] Carlos Alcaraz (ESP)
[8] Caspar Rudd (NOR) vs. [4] Stefanos Sitcipas (GRE)
[7] Andrei Rublev v [2] Daniel Medvedev

Semifinals
[5] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [6] Carlos Alcaraz (ESP)
[4] Stefanos Citcipus (GRE) v [2] Daniel Medvedev

Final
[6] Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) defeated [4] Stefanos Sitcipas (GRE)

Missing: Matteo Beretini, Robert Batista Agut, Gail Monfils.

We now turn our attention to the women’s draw, titled World No. 1 and 2020 champion Iga Schwartz, who will start her bid for a second French Open title against a qualifier or lucky loser.

Although the pole will carry a 28-match winning streak to the tournament (the longest by any woman in a season since Serena Williams in 2013), she will face a tough road to the quarter-finals, with two former champions in charge. Draw VIII.

Simona Halep (19th pick) and Jelena Ostapenko (13th) could reclaim their dramatic 2017 championship showdown in the third round, leaving local favorites Alice Cornet as potential second-round opponents for the latter.

Ostapenko, the most recent player to beat Sweetech on the tour, did so in Dubai in February.

The biggest threat to Swatech in the top quarter of the draw is eighth-seeded Carolina Pliskova, for whom time is running out to break her main duck at just 30 years old.

The Wimbledon finalist could face two French wildcards in several rounds, her first-round opponent Ekaterina Alexandrova in the third round, where American Jessica Pegula can wait in the last 16.

In the third division of the draw, third-seeded Paula Badosa could face Madison Keys again in the fourth round, after the Americans won the straight set at the Australian Open in January.

The Spaniard first faces French wildcard Fiona Ferro and 29th seed Veronica Kudarmetova looks forward to potential third-round opponents.

Also in the draw is seventh-seeded Arena Sabalenka, whose potential opponents include Italian Camilla Giorgi in the third and fourth rounds and Australian Open finalist Daniel Collins in the third and fourth rounds respectively.

Recent Madrid champion Ons Zabeur is a top name in the fifth division of the draw and could have to go through three former major champions to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in Roland Garros.

In the third round, she is expected to face 32nd seed and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kevitova and Roland Garros, trying to complete her Grand Slam title set. .

Emma Radukanu from Great Britain

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Daria Saville, who is on the comeback trail from injury, is competing in the wildcard entry and Kevitova is competing as a potential second-round opponent, with Kerbar and Radukanu expected to face off in the third round for a possible shot in Jabur. Fourth.

Naomi Osaka, who is undefeated but returning to the rankings, will face Amanda Anisimova again in the first round after the Americans saved a match point to defeat the Japanese star in the third round of this year’s Australian Open.

Whoever wins the match will face fourth-seeded Greek star Maria Sakkari, who started against Clara Burrell, and could face Belinda Bensic or Bianca Andrescu in the fourth round.

Bensick and Andrescu could face off in the second round, if both qualify or lose their respective first-round matches, while US Open runner-up Lelah Fernandez is likely waiting in the third round.

In the seventh division, 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza is expected to face a potentially tough first-round clash against Kaya Kanepi and will face 18th-seeded Coco Goff and fifth-seeded Annette Contavit on their way to the quarterfinals.

Azla Tomljanovic, Australia’s highest-ranked player after Ashley Barty’s retirement in March, is also part of the draw, having drawn the contest in the first round.

At the bottom of the draw, defending champion Barbora Krejsicova, who has not played for nearly three months, starts against Frenchwoman Diana Parry and could face 15th seed Victoria Azarenka in the last 16, just like the Australian Open.

Azarenka, who is competing without the flag of his name, should not face any major threats in the face of this potential clash, which the Czech doubles expert won in a straight set at Melbourne Park in January.

Krezsekova, meanwhile, will face Sorana Sirastia or 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the third round.

Assuming there is no major catastrophe, the following could be revealed after the quarter-finals:

Quarter finals
[1] Iga Swiatek (POL) vs. Iga Swiatek (POL) [8] Carolina Pliskova (CZE)
[3] Pala Badosa (ESP) v. [7] Arina Sabalenka
[6] Ons Jabeur (TUN) Vs. [4] Maria Sakkari (GRE)
[5] Annette Contavit (EST) Vs. [2] Barbora Krejsikova (CZE)

Semifinals
[1] Iga Swiatek (POL) vs. Iga Swiatek (POL) [3] Paula Badosa (ESP)
[4] Maria Sakkari (GRE) vs. [2] Barbora Krejsikova (CZE)

Final

[1] Iga Swiatek (POL) defeated [2] Barbora Krejsikova (CZE)

Missing: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Elina Svitolina.

Playing this Sunday evening (AEST).

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