Roland Garros - DRAW: Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic arrange semi-final clash

Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic share the top half of the draw in Paris

by Jovica Ilic
Roland Garros - DRAW: Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic arrange semi-final clash

The season's second Major starts on Sunday, with 128 players battling for a notable trophy at Roland Garros. Carlos Alcaraz and two-time champion Novak Djokovic lead the top half, arranging the semi-final duel if they score five victories in the French capital.

Carlos and Novak are among the title favorites, alongside Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Holger Rune. Andrey Rublev, Jannik Sinner, Casper Ruud and some other players will also seek their chance. Alcaraz is the top seed at a Major for the first time, and he should pass the opening two rounds without issues.

Lorenzo Musetti, Denis Shapovalov and Cameron Norrie are his main rivals before the quarter-final, and we should expect the Spaniard in the last eight if he brings his A-game. Alcaraz claimed back-to-back titles in Barcelona and Madrid, securing his third reign on the ATP throne before losing in the Rome Masters third round.

Carlos had enough time to prepare for Roland Garros, feeling confident about his chances and seeking his second Major trophy at 20. The 3rd seed Novak Djokovic leads the second quarter, with Marton Fucsovics and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina as his main rivals in the opening three rounds.

Novak should face Andrey Rublev or Karen Khachanov in a battle for a place in the quarter-final, and we will see if he can raise his level in comparison to the previous tournaments. The Scandinavia finest, Holger Rune and Casper Ruud, lead the third quarter.

Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic lead the top half in Paris.

They were the rivals in Rome, and we should see them on the court again if they pass Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul, Francisco Cerundolo and the Madrid Masters finalist, Jan-Lennard Struff.

The bottom quarter brings some notable players, and we should get thrilling battles for a place in the last four. Jannik Sinner, Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev share the top half, with one setting the quarter-final duel against world no.

2 Daniil Medvedev. The Russian has a favorable draw, and we should expect a deep run from him if he repeats his Rome Masters performance. For the first time since 2004, a 14-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal will skip his beloved Major.

Nadal had to withdraw from Roland Garros following an ongoing left hip injury, missing every tournament since the Australian Open and handing his Parisian trophy to someone else.

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