This is the third of Ricky's five-part French Open preview series, running through Sunday.
Part 1: Nadal vs. Federer
Part 2: Top 25 contenders at the 2009 French Open
Part 3: Draw analysis
Part 4: Weekly "Approach Shots"
Part 5: Full tournament predictions
The big question, of course, heading into Friday's draw ceremony was on whose side of the draw would Novak Djokovic fall—Rafael Nadal's or Roger Federer's.
Nadal got a break with Djokovic getting placed in Federer's half, but that's the only break Nadal got. Aside from Djokovic being in the bottom half, this is an utterly top-heavy draw. Nadal's quarter is brutal, while Federer's is one of the easiest in recent memory.
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|1. Djokovic||12 500 pts|
|2. Murray||8 750 pts|
|3. Federer||8 670 pts|
|4. Ferrer||6 970 pts|
|5. Nadal||6 385 pts|
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