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The time is almost upon us for another installment of Roland Garros. And given that the men’s draw has now been made, fans have been worked into a bit of a frenzy. If you’ve checked the draw out already, you’ll know that the top half is just insane. Almost all of the big players have been placed in the top half. This includes Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal, and Alex Zverev.
I haven’t seen a Grand Slam with such a stacked section of the draw in quite some time. Then again, this makes the 2022 Roland Garros event even more exciting to follow. But before the tournament kicks off, I wanted to provide a quick reaction to the men’s draw to identify what we can all look forward to. Let’s get right into it!
The French Open 2022 Draw – Key Takeaways
Prior to any Grand Slam, it’s always fascinating to tune in for the announcement of the draw. And within the last 24 hours, the men’s draw for the French Open has come to light. It is certainly an incredibly interesting draw, to say the least. On that note, here are the main things I want to point out:
Top Picks for First Round Matches
There are some pretty tasty first-round games I must say. But for the picks of the bunch, I’d recommend tuning in for Evans vs Cerundolo, Ruud vs Tsonga, and Musetti vs Tsitsipas. In fact, the last match mentioned there could be very interesting indeed! While Tsitsipas is one of the favorites to win the event, Musetti was the other player who took a 2-0 set lead against Djokovic last year before blowing it.
Potential Blockbusters Later in the Event
When it comes to potential blockbusters, it’s all about the top half of the draw. Amazingly, Djokovic and Nadal have been placed in the same quarter. This means that if all goes to plan, they will play each other at the quarter-final stage. Of course, watching these guys face-off once more at Roland Garros would be awesome. Adding to that, if Alcaraz makes it through to the semi-finals, which is looking likely based on his form, it will then be either Nadal or Djokovic vs Alcaraz.
Again, this is a truly mouthwatering prospect. And the results of these matches have the potential to literally change the course of history.
How the Bottom Half Shapes Up
I’ve spoken a lot about the top half of the draw here, but it would be unfair to completely ignore the bottom half. Key players in the bottom half include Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Ruud, Sinner, Rublev, as well as guys like Kecmanovic and Carreno-Busta. Of the players mentioned here, I’d say that Ruud and Tsitsipas have the greatest potential to make a deep draw run. But if any of the other players gain confidence, we could well see some upsets in the bottom half.
As a reminder, all of the action is kicking off this Sunday. So make sure you take note of key matches you may want to watch!