The French Open draws are finally out. I won’t go into my picks just yet, but I will say it looks good for the top players Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Federer opens against Sam Querrey while Rafa gets a qualifier. Djokovic has to deal with Denis Gremelmeyr.
The big question mark going into the draw was in which half the No. 3 ranked Djokovic would land. Turns out the Serb’s in the Nadal half, so good news for Federer who really won’t play anyone of interest until the later stages of his section where he could run into guys like Juan Monaco, Igor Andreev or Stan Wawrinka. In the semifinals it will likely be either Nikolay Davydenko or David Ferrer. So Fed’s gotta be happy.
By comparison Nadal’s road is much tougher with Jarkko Niemenin, Fernando Verdasco and then possibly David Nalbandian or Nico Almagro.
Novak’s road also has a few potential bumps with Canas and Moya maybe, but I think in all the top 3 will take what they were given, especially Federer.
I should also say there are some pretty interesting opening rounders. In draw order: Ancic v. Seppi; Wawrinka v. Kohlscreiber; Clement v. Monfils; Robredo v. Coria; Bagdhatis v. Bolelli; Kuerten v. Mathieu; Young v. Ginepri; and, Nieminen v. Kiefer.
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This is a cake draw for Federer… if he botches this run to the final, he’ll probably have to skip Halle for some psyche reconstruction ahead of Wimbledon.
May 23rd, 2008 at 9:15 am