• Djokovic on course for French Open rematch with Dimitrov

    5/26/13 5:26 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Djokovic on course for French Open rematch with Dimitrov Novak Djokovic takes aim at the career Grand Slam this fortnight at Roland Garros. The world No. 1 headlines a top section of the draw that also includes Tommy Haas and Grigor Dimitrov.

    The draw did not do many favors for Novak Djokovic in his effort to capture his first French Open title. Most notably, of course, the world No. 1 saw seven-time champion Rafael Nadal land in his half of the draw. Djokovic's top quarter of the bracket also is no walk in the park, at least not on paper.

    After two matches that should be a breeze (first against a slumping David Goffin, who reached the fourth round last year as a lucky loser, then versus either Ivan Dodig or Guido Pella), Djokovic could run into Grigor Dimitrov. The Serb just lost to Dimitrov earlier this month at the Madrid Masters in a 7-6(6), 6-7(8), 6-3 marathon that lasted three hours and six minutes. However, the 22-year-old Bulgarian has always been a question mark with his fitness and he has never advanced past the second round of a major.

    Potential fourth-round opponents for Djokovic include Alexandr Dolgopolov and Philipp Kohlschreiber. Dolgopolov will kick off his campaign against Dmitry Tursunov and he could meet Bernard Tomic in round two. Kohlschreiber had been playing well on clay, but he lost his Dusseldorf opener to Igor Sijsling.

    The best news of the whole draw for Djokovic is that his Top 8 seed is Janko Tipsarevic--as opposed to Tomas Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, or Richard Gasquet. Tipsarevic is a dismal 11-11 for the season, including 2-5 on clay.

    More likely quarterfinal adversaries for Djokovic are Tommy Haas, John Isner, and Fernando Verdasco. Haas and Isner are on a collision course for the third round, while Verdasco has a favorable road through the first week with Tipsarevic as his closest seeded opposition. Isner, who has cooled off since winning the Houston title, faces a tough opener against Carlos Berlocq.

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
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