Roland Garros already has a table for this 2022 edition. The favorites learned this Thursday the path they will have to travel from this Sunday, May 22, to June 5. The upper part of the draw captured many of the great favorites for the Musketeers Cup.
Without going any further, No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings and defending champion Novak Djokovic could find himself in the quarter-finals with 13-time tournament champion Rafael Nadal. The Serbian, who will debut against the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka, would meet the winner of the duel between Federico Coria and Alex Molcan in the second round, while the first seed that would cross his path would be the No.31 Jenson Brooksby.
For the fourth round, names like Diego Schwartzman or Grigor Dimitrov would appear. Already in the quarterfinals, following the logic imposed by the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, Djokovic's natural matchup would be Nadal. For the Spaniard, the adventure begins in Paris against the Australian Jordan Thompson.
In the second round his rival would come out of the duel between Stan Wawrinka and Moutet, while in the third round names like Fabio Fognini or the No.26 Van de Zandschulp. In the fourth round the bar would be raised to Felix Auger-Aliassime, who to reach the round of 16 could face players like Reilly Opelka.
But the level of difficulty does not end here.
Djokovic is back in the city of Paris
Former Indian tennis player Somdev Devvarman recently assessed Rafael Nadal's chances at the 2022 French Open. "Comes out, plays the Aussie, wins it and all of us are kind of sitting there and saying that Rafa is ready for the French Open.
Like he's always been, he always goes, he takes a couple of weeks to get ready for Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and before you know it, he's ready and he's won the title 13 times," the Indian said.
The former World No. 62 feels Novak Djokovic is in prime position to defend his Roland Garros title. According to Devvarman, the Serb's triumph in Rome was important in helping build confidence heading to Paris. "When it comes to Novak, he's definitely going into the French Open with as good form as he can expect.
The fact that he's won a big title in Rome is going to give him confidence," added Devvarman. Novak Djokovic has been one of the most loved players on the tour for a long time. However, the ever-growing fan following he enjoys today didn’t come that easy.