Djokovic Addresses Nadal's Brutal French Open Draw In Potentially Last Appearance

Djokovic Addresses Nadal's Brutal French Open Draw In Potentially Last Appearance

by Zachary Wimer

Novak Djokovic addressed Rafael Nadal's draw for the 2024 Roland Garros, which may be the Spaniard's final appearance in Paris.

One of the talking points about this year's Roland Garros was the draw Nadal would get. Nobody discounts the 14-time champion in any capacity at the French Open, which made the draw a very polarizing question.

Since he entered the draw thanks to his protected ranking, Nadal is an unseeded player in the draw, meaning he could be drawn with anybody. There were crazy scenarios where the Spaniard could have possibly faced Djokovic in the first round, but that didn't happen.

He does have to face a top name in the first round, though, and it's Alexander Zverev. He nearly faced fellow Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz because only the German player or Alcaraz could have been drawn on the line against Nadal.

It ultimately ended up being Zverev, which should be a spectacular match. The last time they played in Paris was an iconic match that was unfortunately cut short by Zverev's ankle injury. Djokovic was asked about it after his most recent win in Geneva, and he shared his thoughts on the match.

"Yes, I've seen it. Total spectacle. I'm excited to see that match, it will be a very interesting match. Zverev is in great shape, having won in Rome. On the court at Roland Garros, he is not the same Rafa we are facing. We're used to it. It's Roland Garros, so we'll see what happens."

Of course, the match also plays well for Djokovic's tournament, as both players could be considered as one of the favorites, and one of them will be eliminated already in the first round. That's one less opponent that he'll have to worry about. On top of that, it will be just a spectacular first-round match.


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