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Nadal, Djokovic and Federer in same half of draw

Having slipped to No 3 in the world, it was always likely that Nadal, the 13-time champion, would face top-ranked Djokovic before the final.

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, the three most successful men in Grand Slam tennis history, were on Thursday all drawn in the same half at Roland Garros.

Having slipped to No 3 in the world, it was always likely that Nadal, the 13-time champion, would face top-ranked Djokovic before the final.

The two great rivals could now meet in the semifinals this year.

Djokovic, the 2016 champion, is top seed and could possibly face 2009 winner Federer in the quarterfinals.

All three men are chasing history at Roland Garros, which starts on Sunday.

Nadal and Federer are locked on 20 Grand Slams each while Djokovic, who has 18, can become the first man in over half a century to win all four majors on more than one occasion.

Nadal, who has a 100-2 record at the tournament, starts his bid for a 14th Roland Garros title against Alexei Popyrin of Australia, the world number 62.

His most likely quarterfinal opponent is Russia’s Andrey Rublev who defeated him at the Monte Carlo Masters last month.

Djokovic tackles 66th-ranked Tennys Sandgren of the United States in his first round match while Federer, playing the tournament for the first time since 2019, begins against a qualifier.

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