French Open 2014: Bracket and Predictions Heading into Roland Garros

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French Open 2014: Bracket and Predictions Heading into Roland Garros
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The 2014 French Open draw has been released, revealing storylines and compelling potential matchups. It's set the stage for a few weeks of excitement at Roland Garros.

It was no surprise to see clay-court king Rafael Nadal take the top seed, despite his struggles early this year. But with some interesting opponents set to face him, he could be in for some trouble.

Will Nadal hold off the field yet again and win his fifth straight French Open, further proving his all-time greatness? Can Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray win their first-ever major at Roland Garros? Will perhaps an unheard-of player knock off a Goliath early on?

Let's figure all of that out, but first, let's take a look at the complete draw of seeds and a full bracket.

2014 French Open Draw: Seeds
Seed Player Nationality
1 Rafael Nadal ESP
2 Novak Djokovic SRB
3 Stanislas Wawrinka SUI
4 Roger Federer SUI
5 David Ferrer ESP
6 Tomas Berdych CZE
7 Andy Murray GBR
8 Milos Raonic CAN
9 Kei Nishikori JPN
10 John Isner USA
11 Grigor Dimitrov BUL
12 Richard Gasquet FRA
13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga FRA
14 Fabio Fognini ITA
15 Mikhail Youzhny RUS
16 Tommy Haas GER
17 Tommy Robredo ESP
18 Ernests Gulbis LAT
19 Kevin Anderson RSA
20 Alexandr Dolgopolov UKR
21 Nicolas Almagro ESP
22 Jerzy Janowicz POL
23 Gael Monfils FRA
24 Fernando Verdasco ESP
25 Marin Cilic CRO
26 Feliciano Lopez ESP
27 Roberto Bautista Agut ESP
28 Philipp Kohlschreiber GER
29 Gilles Simon FRA
30 Vasek Pospisil CAN
31 Dmitry Tursunov RUS
32 Andreas Seppi ITA

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Complete Bracket

The entire bracket can be found at RolandGarros.com

 

Predictions

No. 6 Tomas Berdych Will Be Ousted Early

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In the scope of the past few seasons, 28-year-old Tomas Berdych has emerged as one of those few players who has shown the potential to threaten the Big Four in major tournaments.

But not this year, and not on clay. 

Berdych came on strong in 2014 by making the semifinals of the Australian Open and nearly beating eventual champion Stanislas Wawrinka, before winning the Rotterdam Open and losing the Dubai final to Roger Federer.

However, since he's hit the clay courts, it hasn't been the same for Berdych. He lost in the third round at Monte Carlo and fell apart in the Portugal Open final, losing to Carlos Berlocq

Berdych could face 27th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in Round 3 or Tommy Robredo in Round 4, but he might not even make it that far. In three out of the last five years, Berdych has failed to make it out of the opening round. 

Even if he does make it to the quarters for just the second time, he'll face one of the best to ever play the sport, as Live Tennis notes:

There's no doubt that Berdych is due for his own major championship or at least a deep run in one, but it won't come at Roland Garros

 

Rafael Nadal Will Quiet Noise, Win Ninth French Open

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Rafael Nadal's clay court season has started out unlike any of his previous ones in the past decade.

For the first time in 10 years, Nadal has lost three matches on clay in a single season. He fell to Roger Federer in the Monte Carlo quarters, lost to No. 21 Nicolas Almagro not long after in Barcelona and finished up with a loss in the Rome final against Djokovic

But when he gets to the French Open, it's almost always a different story, per Roland Garros' Twitter:

His eight French Open wins are already the all-time most. His record of 59-1 at the event unequivocally means he's played in nine French Opens and won eight. In his last four French Open finals combined, he's won 12 sets while losing just two—a level of dominance that is simply absurd. 

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In this year's tournament, he may face Almagro, whom he lost to on clay earlier, and Ferrer, one of the world's best clay-court players. But considering Nadal disposed of Ferrer in last year's Roland Garros final in straight sets and Almagro hasn't made it past the quarters, Nadal won't be too worried.

Nadal's toughest test should come in the final, likely against second-seeded Djokovic. Nadal only has a 22-19 all-time lead in head to head against Djokovic but is a perfect 5-0 against him in the French Open, with wins in both 2012 and 2013. Plus, he'll be looking for revenge after his loss to the Serbian in Rome just a short while ago. 

If history is any sort of indication, Nadal will be hoisting his ninth French Open trophy when it's all said and done. 

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