Novak Djokovic opens against Lu, has potential semi v Rafa Nadal; Andy Murray to face Stepanek

Djokovic in line for semi-final against Nadal, Murray to start against Stepanek

20/05/2016 at 10:02Updated 20/05/2016 at 19:36

World number one Novak Djokovic has been drawn against Yen-Hsun Lu in his opening match of the French Open, and in the same half of the draw as Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic, who is still chasing his first title at Roland Garros, could face fourth seed Nadal in the semi-finals of the tournament in a mouth-watering clash.

The Serb, who would become the first man since 1969 to hold all four Slam titles at the same time if he were to triumph in Paris, will first take on Lu, the world number 100.

Nine-times champion Nadal has a tough path to the final four, however, opening up against big-serving Australian Sam Groth with Fabio Fognini and Dominic Thiem likely in the third and fourth rounds before he potentially takes on local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals.

World number two Andy Murray could face Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals and Stanislas Wawrinka in the semi-finals after he was drawn in the other half.

Murray will first take on a Radek Stepanek in his opening round match, while fellow Brits Kyle Edmund and Aljaz Bedene will face Nikoloz Basilashvili and Gerald Melzer respectively.

Top seeds first round draws at French Open 2016

Top seeds first round draws at French Open 2016Eurosport

Wawrinka, the defending champion, will take on Lukas Rosol, who famously stunned Nadal at Wimbledon in 2012.


Djokovic appears to have got the best draw, which is only right considering he is the top seed, but facing the nine-time champion Nadal in the semi-finals would likely be an enormous challenge even for the dominant Serb. Nadal has been handed an extremely tough route to the final, but it would be a brave man to discount the Spaniard given all he has achieved. For Murray, a potential last-four encounter with Wawrinka looks on the cards and the defending champion would be confident of reaching another final.

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