5/25/12 12:28 PM | Ricky Dimon
The 2012 French Open draw was revealed on Friday in Paris. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are once again on the same half of the bracket while potential semifinal opponents for Rafael Nadal include Andy Murray, David Ferrer, and John Isner.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic landed in the same half of the draw when the 128-player French Open field was revealed during Friday's ceremony in Paris. As a result, a rematch of last year's blockbuster semifinal between two of the worlds top three players is potentially in the cards.
If the seeds hold to form in each of the bracket's four sections, quarterfinal matchups would feature Djokovic vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Federer vs. Tomas Berdych, Andy Murray vs. David Ferrer, and Rafael Nadal vs. Janko Tipsarevic.
Murray, however, is struggling at the moment and he finds himself in a deep quarter of the draw. The fourth-ranked Scot could face either Ferrer or John Isner in the quarters if he advances through four rounds. Possible early-round opponents for Murray (after opening with Tatsuma Ito) include Jarkko Nieminen, Bernard Tomic, and either Richard Gasquet or Alexandr Dolgopolov in round four.
Federer's only danger in the entire first week is David Nalbandian, who could run into the world No. 3 in the second round. Nalbandian would have to defeat Adrian Ungur, while Federer should have no trouble with Tobias Kamke. Berdych may have to get past Juan Martin Del Potro in the fourth round if the Czech wants to set up a rematch of the Madrid final with Federer.
As for Djokovic and Nadal, it should be smooth sailing into the semifinals. The only real intrigue in Djokovic's weak quarter is current comeback sensation Brian Baker as well as France's two top hopes in Tsonga and Gilles Simon. Nadal could meet Milos Raonic in the fourth round and a more likely quarterfinal opponent for the defending champ is Nicolas Almagro rather than Tipsarevic.
Find the latest tennis odds at Unibet.com
|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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