History made! Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer have ALL been placed on the same side of the draw for the first time ever at French Open, as repeat of the 2020 final with Serbian and Spaniard has been ruled out as they meet in the semi-final.
- The main draw for both the men and women was created for the French Open in 2021
- Last year’s men’s finalists Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic meet in the semi-final
- Swiss icon Roger Federer is on the same side of the draw, but lacks match fitness
For the first time in history, the big three of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are all in the same half of a Grand Slam draw after the French Open was held on Thursday.
Thirteen-time champions Nadal and Djokovic are on track for a titanic semi-final in Paris due to the strict adherence of the seeding process to the current rankings.
Although Russian Daniil Medvedev has had a scorching time on clay this year, his hard court results see him as the world’s number two over Nadal, easing the two favorites’ potential clash for the final.
Novak Djokovic has been placed on the same side of the French Open draw as rival Rafa Nadal
Federer, number 8 in the semi-frozen list, despite having played so little, could meet Djokovic in the quarterfinals, if he got that far.
The big name cluster means there’s everything to play for as far as the younger challengers are concerned, with Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alex Zverev all having a path to the final in the other half.
Cam Norrie in shape was able to face Nadal in the third round, the same stage he played against him in the Australian Open in February.
Dan Evans takes on 21-year-old Serb Miomir Kecmanovic, who is at home on clay.
It means that there is no prospect of a repeat of last year’s final between Nadal and the Serb
In what is a more open women’s field, Japanese Naomi Osaka, holder of the last two majors, got a first-round draw against Patricia Maria Tig of Romania.
We won’t be able to get her views on this after she announced late on Wednesday that she will not be speaking to the media during the tournament as being available for questions is detrimental to her mental health.
She accepts fines for skipping conferences after the match, which can be as high as £ 14,000 ($ 20,000).
“I’m just not going to submit to people who doubt me,” she said.
Osaka’s position was criticized on Thursday night by Gilles Moretton, the former player who is the new president of the French tennis federation.
He described it as a “phenomenal mistake,” he said The team. It is very unfortunate, for journalists, for her personally. She’s doing something bad with tennis, we have to sort this out, it’s a real problem. ‘
While Harriet Dart fell against Liang En Shuo in Taipei in the final qualifying round on Thursday, 2019 semi-finalists Jo Konta and Heather Watson are GB’s only female singles representatives.
39-year-old Roger Federer is also on the same side of the draw, but lacks competition fitness
Konta has a difficult start against Sorana Cirstea from Romania, while Watson will face Zarina Dyas from Kazakhstan.
Britain’s modest rise was confirmed the day the Lawn Tennis Association’s annual report revealed it had managed to limit its losses to £ 1.8 million last year in the face of the pandemic.
The figures show that despite another massive grant from Wimbledon, the LTA still took £ 1.2 million off the taxpayer in the form of leave payments.
The organization’s workforce was further inflated, with an additional 49 employees hiring, bringing the total number on the payroll to 328.