2009 French Open: Men's Draw Preview

Freaky FrittersCorrespondent IMay 22, 2009

PARIS - JUNE 08:  Roger Federer (L) of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain with their trophies after the Men's Singles Final match on day fifteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2008 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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If you filled in your Roland Garros drawsheets this morning, you probably had an easy time at the top of the men’s: Nadal, Nadal, Nadal, Nadal, Nadal, uh, Nadal.

There’s nothing for the 4-time champ (or Rafanatics) to lose sleep over, especially with clay-averse Andy Murray the big gun in his half. Rafa will shrug off Dr. Ivo or Hewitt in the third round and get a workout against Ferrer in the 16s.

Verdasco, Davydenko, Wawrinka, and Almagro are top contenders to face him in the quarters.  If Murray doesn’t make it through to the semis, Rafa’s possible opponents include Simon, Gonzo, Safin, or Gaudio (who is 3-3 against Rafa on clay...HA!)

Federer and Djokovic are in the other half of the draw, and seem destined to meet in the semis. Del Potro or Monaco are Novak’s potential challengers in the quarters and Roddick, with a forgiving draw, could meet Federer in the other one.

Roger will be looking out for Acasuso in the second round and Haas, Berdych, Blake or Chardy in the 16s.

Here’s a quick rundown:



Semis by seeding: Nadal vs. Murray and Federer vs. Djokovic

Possible Round of 16 matches (by quarter):
Nadal  vs.  Ferrer
Davydenko (or Wawrinka) vs. Verdasco (or Almagro)

Murray vs. Cilic (or Gaudio - I love him!)
Gonzalez (or Safin) vs. Simon

Del Potro vs. Tsonga (or Monaco)
Robredo vs. Djokovic

Roddick vs. Monfils (or who-the-heck-knows if Gael pulls out)
Blake (or Haas or Berdych) vs. Federer (or, God forbid, Acasuso)

Food for thought from this week’s SI mailbag: The same five guys (Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, del Potro and Verdasco) have made it into the quarters of the last four mandated Masters (doesn’t include Monte Carlo). Will the added pressure and a best-of-five format change anything?

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