Defending champion Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will be the No. 1 and 2 seeds respectively when the French Open Men’s draw is released Friday morning in Paris. The two stars of tennis will bid for a fourth straight French Open final showdown.
Andy Murray is seeded third while Novak Djokovic is in the four spot.
Nadal has never lost on the red clay of Paris. The Spaniard has never even faced a match point nor has he been extended to five sets in racking up a 28-0 record at Roland Garros. Federer, who’s one shy of Pete Sampras’ 14 Slam titles, actually comes in on a five-match win streak which includes a win over Nadal in Madrid on Sunday.
While Nadal will be placed in customary top position of the draw and Federer at the bottom, Murray and Djokovic’s halves will be determined by luck with each having a 50-50 chance of landing in either Nadal’s half or Federer’s.
Djokovic has been in Federer’s half of the draw in the last three Grand Slams, and four of the last five with 2008 French Open the exception. Nadal has defeated Djokovic the last three years en route to the French title.
The Women’s draw will also be revealed Friday. Dinara Safina is the top seed followed by Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Elena Dementieva.
Singles first round play begins on Sunday.
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