rafael nadal vs novak djokovic french open 2015

Many people in the media are counting Rafael Nadal out already at the 2015 French Open as his tennis slump year continues and he slips further down the tennis rankings. The draw was chosen on Friday for the Roland Garros and Rafa could be facing world number one Novak Djokovic who he’s been avoiding on the courts of late. Stan Wawrinka shockingly knocked Nadal out of the Rome Open not allowing him to face the Serbian tennis player.

If Nadal does what he’s been doing late, he should easily make it to the quarter-finals in a match that everyone will be clamoring for tickets for. Djokovic has set his eyes on one of the few titles he hasn’t won yet, and this is a big one for him along with having a winning streak that is tied with Roger Federer.

It was the match that everyone was waiting to see: Who Nadal would face in the quarterfinals. The Spaniard, lacking his usual form in 2015, is 17-5 on clay this year and without a major title on the surface. Nadal is currently 66-1 at the clay court major championship.

Nadal will open against Frenchman Quentin Halys, then potentially gets Nicolas Almagro, the former world No. 9, in round two, No. 30 seed Adrian Mannarino in the third round and rising star Grigor Dimitrov, seeded 10th, in the fourth before he’s slated to face Djokovic.

The men’s draw served up plenty of drama before the tennis has even begun (the main draw starts Sunday), as Andy Murray, the No. 3 seed, is on the top half of the draw along with Djokovic and Nadal. Murray could face No. 7 seed David Ferrer in the quarterfinals should they both make it that far.

novak djokovic with rafael nadal for 2015 french open tennis

It was the match that everyone was waiting to see: Who Nadal would face in the quarterfinals. The Spaniard, lacking his usual form in 2015, is 17-5 on clay this year and without a major title on the surface.

Sixth seed Nadal will open against Frenchman Quentin Halys, then potentially gets Nicolas Almagro, the former world No. 9, in round two, No. 30 seed Adrian Mannarino in the third round and rising star Grigor Dimitrov, seeded 10th, in the fourth before he’s slated to face Djokovic.

The men’s draw served up plenty of drama before the tennis has even begun (the main draw starts Sunday), as Andy Murray, the No. 3 seed, is on the top half of the draw along with Djokovic and Nadal. Murray could face No. 7 seed David Ferrer in the quarterfinals should they both make it that far.

Nadal, on the other hand, is seeking an unprecedented 10th title at Roland Garros. He’s 66-1 at the tournament in 10 appearances, and has won 35 consecutive matches here since 2010.

Third seed Andy Murray, who is in the same half of the draw as Djokovic and Nadal, plays a qualifier in the first round. The 2011 and 2014 semi-finalist has a 10-0 record on clay courts this year, including two ATP World Tour titles. He is in the same quarter of the draw as seventh seed and 2013 runner-up David Ferrer, who challenges Lukas Lacko, and ninth seed Marin Cilic.

Second seed Roger Federer, the 2009 champion (d. Soderling) who will be making his 62nd Grand Slam championship appearance, will play a qualifier in the first round. He could potentially meet Gael Monfils, the No. 13 seed, in the fourth round. The pair has met three times at Roland Garros (2008-09, ’11), but Monfils has won their past two clashes. Eighth seed Stan Wawrinka, who takes on Marsel Ilhan, could be a quarter-final opponent.

Fourth seed Tomas Berdych, who has reached the quarter-finals or better at every tournament he has contested in 2015, may need to beat No. 28 seedFabio Fognini and No. 14 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga prior to a quarter-final against fifth seed Kei Nishikori. Berdych faces a qualifier in his first match, while Nishikori will meet Paul-Henri-Mathieu. Feliciano Lopez, the No. 11 seed, may be a fourth round opponent for Nishikori.

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Top American John Isner, the No. 16 seed, will open against Andreas Seppi, an Italian ranked No. 39 in the world. They are 1-1 head-to-head, Seppi winning their only meeting on clay in 2012. Isner, should he make it that far, could face Murray in the fourth round, the British No. 1 having a stellar year on clay, going 10-0 and winning two titles.

No American man got an easy draw on Friday, in fact. Jack Sock, who won his debut title on the ATP World Tour on red clay in Houston last month, has a tough ask in Dimitrov, while Tim Smyczek faces No. 15 seed Kevin Anderson and Steve Johnson gets No. 29 seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Seventeen-year-old Frances Tiafoe, making his Grand Slam debut, will meet world No. 35 Martin Klizan, the first player not to be seeded here. Donald Young meets dirt ballerSantiago Giraldo and Sam Querrey faces Borna Coric, an 18-year-old tapped as one of the stars to watch in men’s tennis.

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, the No. 29 seed, will look to add to his Grand Slam shocker list, having beaten Nadal at Wimbledon last year and making the quarterfinals inMelbourne in January. The 20-year-old will face No. 3 seed Murray in the third round.

The men’s first round match to watch could be No. 25 seed Ivo Karlovic, the big server, up against the dynamic talent of Marcos Baghdatis.

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