Novak Djokovic could play Rafael Nadal in French Open quarter-final classic

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  • Rising star Carlos Alcaraz also in top half of uneven draw
  • Emma Raducanu will play a qualifier in first round in Paris

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were handed their worst scenario in the French Open draw on Thursday after Nadal was drawn into Djokovic’s top quarter. As a result, the pair could face each other in the last eight.

The extremely unbalanced top half of the men’s draw is further complicated by the presence of the other favourite, the 19-year-old supernova Carlos Alcaraz, who defeated Nadal and Djokovic in consecutive matches to win the Madrid Open this month. He is projected to face Alexander Zverev, the third seed, in the quarter-finals, meaning Djokovic or Nadal could face Alcaraz or Zverev in the semi-finals.

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Written by Tumaini Carayol
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