Draw revealed: Djokovic, Nadal, Alcaraz share same half – Roland-Garros

Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic will open against Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka and could face 13-time Roland-Garros winner Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

Djokovic and Nadal share the same half with sixth-seeded Carlos Alcaraz and third-seeded Carlos Alcaraz.


As the reigning champion, Djokovic attended the draw and was asked about having full crowds back in the stands.

“It’s amazing to see the amount of people that came this week during the qualifying week and also the practice sessions on Center Court and Suzanne-Lenglen court,” said the Serbian world No.1, who will turn 35 on the first day of the tournament on Sunday.

“You can see how much they miss tennis, and how passionate they are. For us it’s an incredible feeling to have the crowd, particularly for me at this stage in my career. They’re a big reason why I still play.

“The energy you get from the crowd, the excitement is something very important for us.”

Daniil Medvedev is the No.2 seed and is projected to possibly face familiar foe No.7 seed Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals.

Last year’s finalist and No.4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and Norwegian No.8 seed Casper Ruud could await Medvedev in the semi-finals.

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