French Open 2014 Draw Results: Full List of Seedings and Brackets

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2014

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09:  David Ferrer of Spain serves during the Men's Singles final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day fifteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams head into the 2014 French Open as defending champions, but both received potentially difficult draws in their quest to dominate this year's Grand Slam on clay.

Last year's victors were present as this season's draw was made, as reported by Roland Garros' official Twitter account:

Here's a full rundown of the top 32 seeds in both the men's and women's sections, plus a complete set of brackets for the competition that runs between the fortnight of May 25-June 8:

French Open 2014: Men's Seeds
SeedPlayerNationality
1.Rafael NadalESP
2.Novak DjokovicSRB
3.Stanislas WawrinkaSUI
4.Roger FedererSUI
5.David FerrerESP
6.Tomas BerdychCZE
7.Andy MurrayGBR
8.Milos RaonicCAN
9.Kei NishikoriJPN
10.John IsnerUSA
11.Grigor DimitrovBUL
12.Richard GasquetFRA
13.Jo-Wilfried TsongaFRA
14.Fabio FogniniITA
15.Mikhail YouzhnyRUS
16.Tommy HaasGER
17.Tommy RobredoESP
18.Ernests GulbisLAT
19.Kevin AndersonRSA
20.Alexandr DolgopolovUKR
21.Nicolas AlmagroESP
22.Jerzy JanowiczPOL
23.Gael MonfilsFRA
24.Fernando VerdascoESP
25.Marin CilicCRO
26.Feliciano LopezESP
27.Roberto Bautista AgutESP
28.Philipp KohlschreiberGER
29.Gilles SimonFRA
30.Vasek PospisilCAN
31.Dmitry TursunovRUS
32.Andreas SeppiITA
Roland Garros
French Open 2014: Women's Seeds
SeedPlayerNationality
1.Serena WilliamsUSA
2.Li NaCHN
3.Agnieszka RadwanskaPOL
4.Simona HalepROU
5.Petra KvitovaCZE
6.Jelena JankovicSRB
7.Maria SharapovaRUS
8.Angelique KerberGER
9.Dominika CibulkovaSVK
10.Sara ErraniITA
11.Ana IvanovicSRB
12.Flavia PennettaITA
13.Caroline WozniackiDEN
14.Carla Suarez NavarroESP
15.Sloane StephensUSA
16.Sabine LisickiGER
17.Roberta VinciITA
18.Eugenie BouchardCAN
19.Samantha StosurAUS
20.Alize CornetFRA
21.Kirsten FlipkensBEL
22.Ekaterina MakarovaRUS
23.Lucie SafarovaCZE
24.Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaRUS
25.Kaia KanepiEST
26.Sorana CirsteaROU
27.Svetlana KuznetsovaRUS
28.Andrea PetkovicGER
29.Venus WilliamsUSA
30.Klara KoukalovaCZE
31.Daniela HantuchovaSVK
32.Elena VesninaRUS
Roland Garros

 

Men's Bracket

Photo courtesy of RolandGarros.com

Photo courtesy of RolandGarros.com

 

Women's Bracket

Photo courtesy of RolandGarros.com

Photo courtesy of RolandGarros.com

 

Top Men's Seeds/Routes to Watch

Nadal's dominance on clay is well-documented, legendary and intimidating heading into this year's tournament. His eight French Open wins were only halted by Roger Federer's victory in 2009, after Robin Soderling dumped the Spaniard out in a fifth-round result that Mark Hodgkinson of The Telegraph called "the biggest upset in grand slam history."

The first seed should have no problem strolling beyond his opening match of this year's tournament, which Roland Garros highlighted via Twitter:

Currently ranked World No. 277, Robby Ginepri is unlikely to challenge a player whose dominance on clay defines his career. Nadal's raw power, speed across the court and overall confidence will be too much for an individual who has plummeted down the rankings since coming in at No. 15 back in 2005.

Nadal could face an up-and-coming star in the second round, but he is likely to first run into trouble during the quarter-finals. Neil Harman of The Times spotlit that matchup:

Should Dominic Thiem fail to make the second round, Nadal will face Paul-Henri Mathieu before moving on to tougher challengers, noted by Roland Garros:

Andy Murray's potential quarter-final clash with Stanislas Wawrinka is noteworthy. The Scotsman, whose best showing at the French Open was his 2011 run to the semi-final, will most likely need to overcome Nadal at the same stage to make this year's final.

BBC Tennis provided a rundown of Murray's draw:

Harman outlined favourable first-round ties for Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who will be hoping to break Nadal's stunning run of form at the European event:

Both juggernauts have been placed on the same side of the draw, meaning they will need to face each other if they are to reach the final. It's likely this could happen at the semi-final stage, where progress may mean facing Nadal or Murray at the last hurdle.

Federer looks to have the easiest route through the competition out of all the top seeds. He could potentially face Dmitry Tursunov, Mikhail Youzhny and Ernests Gulbis along his journey, none of whom will be expected to halt the precision master.

Djokovic could run into trouble against the likes of Marin Cilic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic. The Serbian may also face Kei Nishikori en route to the latter stages, suggesting he'll need to dramatically up his intensity once the likes of Federer arrive.

 

Top Women's Seeds/Routes to Watch

On the women's side, No. 1 seed Serena Williams can expect a tough ride throughout the competition, per BBC Tennis:

Alize Lim, Williams' Round 1 opponent, highlighted her surprise at facing the top seed:

A potential all-Williams showdown may be on the cards in Round 3, but Serena will be more worried about what lies beyond her sister. Facing 2012 champion Maria Sharapova in the quarter-final could take an awful lot out of the American, a worrying prospect considering Agnieszka Radwanska and Li Na may await afterward.

Serena will undoubtedly have to be at her best if she is to reclaim the crown. Li is likely to be less exhausted if she makes the final, with potential showdowns against Jelena Jankovic, Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep en route to the showpiece match.

Halep's fitness remains questionable after she was forced to retire from the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. Despite this, she currently ranks at a career high of No. 4 and will be looking to continue pushing into the upper echelons after rising 60 places across the last 12 months.

The Romanian escaped the likes of Williams, Radwanska and Li by making it into the highest-ranking quartet, indicating a bright future for the 22-year-old.

There's no doubt both Nadal and Williams would have liked easier draws, but both possess the experience and ability to waltz through the majority of this year's competition. Nadal's clay record currently stands at 311-24, recorded by ATP, marking him as heavy favourite against any opponent.

Williams is going to need a great deal of guts, mental toughness and energy to work beyond a draw that will have her running from the early stages. While both champions remain favourites to grab the prize, both will need to be playing at 100 percent beyond Round 3 to walk away with the trophy.