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Djokovic and Nadal in same French Open bracket

ESPN staff
May 24, 2013
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have already faced each other this year at the Monte Carlo Masters © AP

Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic have been drawn in the same bracket for the French Open, meaning the pair could meet at the semi-final stage.

No player in the modern era has won at Roland Garros as many times as Nadal - and the Spaniard goes into the event having reached the final in every tournament he has entered this year.

But having missed several months last season through a knee injury, Nadal slipped to fourth in the world rankings but goes into the French Open as third seed after Andy Murray withdrew.

It means Nadal and Djokovic, who met in the final at the clay court grand slam last year, could meet a round earlier this time out. The pair have already squared up this year, with Djokovic defeating Nadal in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters in April.

Nadal takes on Germany's Daniel Brands in the first round, while Djokovic faces a tough task against Belgian David Goffin, who came through qualifying last year to reach the last-16, where he took a set off Roger Federer before bowing out.

Federer, who opens against an as yet undetermined qualifier, could face fourth seed David Ferrer, drawn against Australian Marinko Matosevic, in the semi-finals.

In the women's draw, British No. 1 Laura Robson will face tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki in the opening round.

Robson has never won a match at the French Open and on paper it looks like a tough draw for the youngster, but Wozniacki is not a fan of clay and has lost her previous four matches on the surface.

First seed Serena Williams faces world No. 83 Anna Tatishvili in the opening round and the American is hoping to go at least one better than last year, where she lost her opening match to 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano - Williams' only first round defeat in 50 grand slams.

On the other side of the draw, defending champion and second seed Maria Sharapova opens against Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh.

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