French Open 2015 Draw Results: Full List of Seedings and Brackets

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2015

ROME, ITALY - MAY 14:  Rafael Nadal of Spain in action during his Third Round victory over John Isner of USA on Day Five of The Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2015 at the Foro Italico on May 14, 2015 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal is on a collision course to face world No.1 Novak Djokovic in this year's quarter-finals, as announced during Friday's draw.

Seeded sixth heading into the tournament he has dominated since 2004—winning nine out of 10 available titles—Nadal begins his quest against local youngster Quentin Halys. He will likely need to put recent struggles behind him to overcome the Serbian's challenge, not to mention that of Andy Murray and Roger Federer.

Djokovic opens with a tie against Jarkko Nieminen, while Murray and Federer will be celebrating ahead of their first matches, per Roland Garros:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych will all play qualifiers in their opening matches #RG15

On the women's side, defending champion Maria Sharapova is seeded second behind Serena Williams, and will face Kaia Kanepi in her opening contest. You can see all the seed classifications below:

2015 French Open Seedings
1Novak Djokovic (SRB)Serena Williams (USA)
2Roger Federer (SUI)Maria Sharapova (RUS)
3Andy Murray (GBR)Simona Halep (ROU)
4Tomas Berdych (CZE)Petra Kvitova (CZE)
5Kei Nishikori (JPN)Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
6Rafael Nadal (ESP)Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)
7David Ferrer (ESP)Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
8Stan Wawrinka (SUI)Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
9Marin Cilic (CRO)Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)
10Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)Andrea Petkovic (GER)
11Feliciano Lopez (ESP)Angelique Kerber (GER)
12Gilles Simon (FRA)Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
13Gael Monfils (FRA)Lucie Safarova (CZE)
14Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
15Kevin Anderson (RSA)Venus Williams (USA)
16John Isner (USA)Madison Keys (USA)
17David Goffin (BEL)Sara Errani (ITA)
18Tommy Robredo (ESP)Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
19Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)Elina Svitolina (UKR)
20Richard Gasquet (FRA)Sabine Lisicki (GER)
21Pablo Cuevas (URU)Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
22Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)Barbora Strycova (CZE)
23Leonardo Mayer (ARG)Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
24Ernests Gulbis (LAT)Peng Shuai (CHN)
25Ivo Karlovic (CRO)Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
26Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)Samantha Stosur (AUS)
27Bernard Tomic (AUS)Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
28Fabio Fognini (ITA)Flavia Pennetta (ITA)
29Nick Kyrgios (AUS)Alize Cornet (FRA)
30Adrian Mannarino (FRA)Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
31Viktor Troicki (SRB)Caroline Garcia (FRA)
32Fernando Verdasco (ESP)Zarina Diyas (KAZ)
ATP World Tour/WTA Tennis

The men's draw was provided by Roland Garros:

Courtesy of Roland Garros.

Courtesy of Roland Garros.

The women's draw can also be seen below, per Roland Garros:

Courtesy of Roland Garros.

Courtesy of Roland Garros.

Nadal's Nightmare Draw Leaves French Title Open

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 08:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot during his men's singles final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day fifteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Ima
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Nadal's recent lack of form and fitness will encourage Djokovic, whose runs to the 2012 and 2014 French Open finals are as close as he's got to winning the tournament. He needs the Roland Garros prize to complete a full set of Grand Slams, and this may be the year to do it.

Stan Wawrinka's defeat of Nadal in the Rome Masters quarter-final stopped the Spaniard from receiving a top-four Grand Slam seed for the first time in a decade, according to BBC Sport. Nadal's wrist injury and appendectomy continues to play havoc with his form, highlighted by a disappointing run on clay heading into this year's Paris showpiece.

However, he has plenty of inspiration to draw upon, per the ATP World Tour's official Twitter feed:

ATP World Tour @ATPWorldTour

#ThrowbackThursday @RafaelNadal's 9 @rolandgarros wins. Read Rafa stats as he bids for a 10th: http://t.co/el3bO2ILyK http://t.co/Na8Y4DLU1X

Prior to his defeat against Wawrinka, Nadal lost the Madrid Masters final to Murray and suffered against Djokovic in the Monte Carlo semi-finals. Aside from a first-set tiebreaker in the Wawrinka contest, Nadal has been easily pushed aside, failing to win more than three games in any other set across all three matches.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 18:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand to Rafael Nadal of Spain in the semi finals during day seven of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters tennis at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 18, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.  (Ph
Julian Finney/Getty Images

As such, a tougher route through the competition has now been carved. Djokovic is also affected, per Roland Garros' Twitter account:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

Potential men's QF match-ups: #1 Djokovic-#6 Nadal; #3 Murray - #7 Ferrer // #5 Nishikori - #4 Berdych; #8 Wawrinka - #2 Federer #RG15

Stuart Fraser of the MailOnline tweeted Nadal's reaction when he drawn in Djokovic's quarter:

Stuart Fraser @stu_fraser

"I have four matches before if I want to arrive at that match." Nadal's face after landing in same quarter as Djoko: http://t.co/zo4wl5FeA3

Sports Illustrated provided comment and looked ahead to Djok's potential route:

SI Tennis @SI_Tennis

Still reeling at the fact Nadal actually landed in Djokovic's quarter. Plus Murray. That actually happened. Paris knows drama. #RG2015

SI Tennis @SI_Tennis

Novak Djokovic’s potential road the @rolandgarros final: - Nieminen - Muller - Kokkinakis/Tomic - Anderson/Gasquet - Nadal - Murray

Murray's clay record stands at 10-0 this year, having recently won the Madrid and Rome tournaments, reported by the Independent. He has a right to be increasingly confident on his previously unfavoured surface, but the British star has never gone beyond the semi-final at the French Open.

ROME, ITALY - MAY 13:  Andy Murray of Great Britain in action during his match against Jeremy Chardy of France on Day Four of the The Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2015 on May 13, 2015 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Like Djokovic, he will be hoping to take advantage of Nadal's dwindling power. Fraser looked at the potential task ahead for Murray:

Stuart Fraser @stu_fraser

Andy Murray's potential Roland Garros route R1: Qualifier R2: Pospisil/Sousa R3: Kyrgios R4: Isner QF: Ferrer SF: Djokovic/Nadal F: Federer

Federer may feel expectant toward landing his first French Open title since 2009, per Sports Illustrated:

SI Tennis @SI_Tennis

Roger Federer’s potential road to the @rolandgarros final: - Qualifier - Granollers - Karlovic - Monfils - Wawrinka - Berdych/Nishikori

SI Tennis @SI_Tennis

Checking in on Roger Federer: http://t.co/9BOyTzIOi3

ROME, ITALY - MAY 12:  Serena Williams of USA in action during her match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia on Day Three of the The Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2015 at the Foro Italico on May 12, 2015 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Im
Ian Walton/Getty Images

Women's favourites Sharapova and Williams will be confident of their routes to the latter stages, having been kept apart in the draw. However, last-year's finalist Simona Halep will be looking to break up the three-year Sharapova/Williams dominance at the competition.

As always we can expect plenty of shocks and drama along the schedule. This year's tournament, so often a venue of routine victory for Nadal, could prove to be the scene of his redemption. Even so, Djokovic, Murray and others may feel it's now or never to topple the Spaniard's grip on the prize.


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