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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal could go head-to-head in the French Open semi-finals after they were put in the same half of the draw at Roland Garros

French Open draw: Murray avoids Djokovic and Nadal

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Originally published on 20/05/16 00:00

Djokovic, who is bidding to complete his career Grand Slam at Roland Garros after missing out against Wawrinka in last year’s final, could meet nine-time champion Nadal in the semi-finals in a repeat of the 2014 final and their epic semi-final in 2013 which Nadal won 9-7 in the fifth set.

Six men to watch at Roland Garros

Murray meanwhile, would not have to meet Djokovic or Nadal until the final after defending champion Stan Wawrinka was placed in the bottom half of the draw with the No.2 seed.

First round matches – Top 8 seeds
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[1] Novak Djokovic v Yen-Hsun Lu
[2] Andy Murray v Qualifier
[3] Stan Wawrinka v Lukas Rosol
[4] Rafael Nadal v Sam Groth
[5] Kei Nishikori v Simone Bolelli
[6] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Qualifier
[7] Tomas Berdych v Vasek Pospsil
[8] Milos Raonic v Janko Tipsarevic

British players
Aljaz Bedene v Qualifier
Kyle Edmund v Qualifier

Projected quarter-finals
Novak Djokovic – Tomas Berdych
Rafael Nadal – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Stan Wawrinka – Milos Raonic
Andy Murray – Kei Nishikori

In the women’s singles, defending champion Serena Williams, Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka have all been drawn in the top half.

Six women to watch at Roland Garros

With two-time champion Maria Sharapova absent after her failed drugs test in January and Caroline Wozniacki (ankle) and Belinda Bencic (back) both missing through injury, the bottom half of the draw offers a opportunity for Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska to win a maiden Grand Slam title.

Johanna Konta, who became the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since 1983 at the Australian Open, will meet Germany’s Julia Goerges in the first round, while fellow Brits Heather Watson and Naomi Broady both start against American opponents in the shape of Nicole Gibbs and Coco Vandeweghe respectively. World No.329 Laura Robson, on the comeback from a lengthy wrist injury, faces a tough first-round meeting in the shape of 2014 Roland Garros semi-finalist Andrea Petkovic.

First round matches – Top 8 seeds
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[1] Serena Williams v Magdalena Rybarikova
[2] Agnieszka Radwanska v Bojana Jovanovski
[3] Angelique Kerber v Kiki Bertens
[4] Garbine Muguruza v Anna Schmiedlova
[5] Victoria Azarenka v Karin Knapp
[6] Simona Halep v Nao Hibino
[7] Roberta Vinci v Kateryna Bondarenko
[8] Timea Bacsinszky v Qualifier

Best of British
[20] Jo Konta v Julia Goerges
Heather Watson v Nicole Gibbs
Naomi Broady v Coco Vandeweghe
Laura Robson v Andrea Petkovic

Projected quarter-finals

Serena Williams – Victoria Azarenka

Angelique Kerber – Timea Bacsinskzy

Garbine Muguruza – Roberta Vinci

Simona Halep – Agnieszka Radwanska

 

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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal could go head-to-head in the French Open semi-finals after they were put in the same half of the draw at Roland Garros
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