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2018 French Open men’s draw

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FILE - In this June 11, 2017, file photo, Spain’s Rafael Nadal holds the trophy as he celebrates winning his 10th French Open title, after defeating Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in three sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, in the men’s final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Even as his 32nd birthday approaches, Nadal is as dominant a figure as anyone ever has been on a particular tennis surface. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)


Rafael Nadal‘s bid for an 11 French Open title is made easier as his biggest threats, including past Roland Garros winners Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka are on the opposite half of the draw.

Nadal’s potential opponents include either American Jack Sock or Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the fourth round, South African Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals and past U.S. Open winners Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic in the semifinals.

Nadal can tie Margaret Court‘s record for singles wins at a Grand Slam event (Court won 11 Australian Opens, but seven came when it was the Australian Championships, an amateur event.).

Other notable first-round matchups include Americans Sam Querrey and Frances Tiafoe facing off.

Most of Nadal’s biggest threats and accomplished clay-court players are on the opposite half of the draw, including Djokovic, Wawrinka, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori.

Roger Federer (rest) and Andy Murray (hip surgery) are sitting out.

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FRENCH OPEN: TV/Stream Schedule | Men’s Draw (PDF) | Women’s Draw (PDF)