Nadal faces tough path to French final, Wawrinka takes on Murray in first round | Tennis News
The Spaniard will tackle Bulgaria’s Egor Gerasimov within the first spherical and faces a possible last-eight conflict with U.S. Open runner-up Alexander Zverev, who has by no means made it previous the quarter-finals on the claycourt Grand Slam.
Nadal then faces a doable semi-final conflict towards final yr’s runner-up and U.S Open winner Dominic Thiem.
Prime seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia will face Swede Mikael Ymer within the first spherical, the place Swiss 16th seed and former champion Stan Wawrinka will tackle Briton Andy Murray within the hottest opener.
Djokovic, who was ejected from the U.S. Open after he inadvertently hit a line decide within the throat with a ball after a degree, has a better path to the ultimate than Nadal after being drawn in the identical half as Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev.
Canadian Milos Raonic, the world quantity 20, pulled out, organisers mentioned.
Serena Williams, hoping to win a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title, will begin her marketing campaign towards fellow American Kristie Ahn.
The sixth seed, who was drawn in the identical half as prime seed Simona Halep, faces a possible fourth-round conflict with U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka.
World primary and 2019 champion Ashleigh Barty has pulled out of the match citing the coronavirus pandemic and a troubled preparation.
With Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic a last-gasp withdrawal, solely six of the highest 10 within the WTA rankings will begin the match.
The match was rescheduled from Could 24-June 7 to Sept. 27-Oct. 11 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This yr’s French Open will already go down in historical past due to the circumstances,” French federation president Bernard Giudicelli mentioned.
“The important thing phrases of Roland Garros 2020 are resilience and accountability.”
It will likely be the primary yr with a retractable roof on the French Open.