French Open: Dominic Thiem had a punishing draw however Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Simona Halep acquired simple begins.
- Associated Press Paris
- Last Updated: September 25, 2020, 1:56 PM IST
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Rafael Nadal will start his bid for a record-extending 13th French Open title towards Egor Gerasimov in the primary spherical, whereas Serena Williams begins her try for a record-equaling 24th main towards Kristie Ahn in all-American matchup.
The 34-year-old Nadal, who’s seeded second and has by no means confronted the 83rd-ranked Belarusian, is aiming to equal the absent Roger Federer’s males’s document of 20 Grand Slam titles.
The sixth-seeded Williams, who turns 39 on Saturday, fell brief in her bid to equal Margaret Court’s document on the U.S. Open, dropping to Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals. Williams has gained the French Open thrice, the primary in 2002 and the final in 2015.
Thursday’s draw at Roland Garros additionally pitted top-ranked Novak Djokovic towards No. 80 Mikael Ymer of Sweden in their first profession assembly. Djokovic is attempting once more for a 19th main title.
Like Williams, he fell brief at Flushing Meadows however for a really completely different purpose. The 33-year-old Serb was kicked out for unintentionally hitting a line decide in the throat when angrily swiping away a tennis ball throughout a match. His solely title on the French was in 2016 and he misplaced the ultimate in ’14 to Nadal and ’15 to Stan Wawrinka.
The draw was carried out electronically as a result of there have been no gamers current amid a strict coronavirus well being and security protocol.
Wawrinka, seeded 16th, faces one other three-time main winner in Britain’s Andy Murray, the runner-up in 2016. Murray leads Wawrinka 12-Eight total however continues to be attempting to get again to his finest after having hip surgical procedure final 12 months.
Djokovic tuned up for this event with victory on the Italian Open, beating Diego Schwartzman in the ultimate for a document 36th Masters title. Schwartzman beat a patchy Nadal in the quarterfinals the Spaniard’s first event in seven months after he skipped the U.S. Open amid COVID-19 issues.
Dominic Thiem, who beat Alexander Zverev in 5 units in the U.S. Open remaining for his first main, takes on big-hitting Marin Cilic in their first assembly at Roland Garros. Thiem has misplaced the previous two finals at Roland Garros to Nadal. Zverev performs Austrian Dennis Novak.
Top-seeded Simona Halep, the 2018 champion and two-time runner-up, faces Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo. U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka pulled out of the event with an injured hamstring. Halep is seeded first as a result of No. 1 Ash Barty of Australia opted out of defending her title amid coronavirus issues.
Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin, seeded fourth, performs Russian Liudmila Samsonova; third-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine is up towards Varvara Gracheva, and the 10th-seeded Azarenka faces Danka Kovinic.
Also, 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia takes on American Madison Brengle and the 40-year-old Venus Williams, runner-up to her sister in 2002, opens towards Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.