French Open 2018 draw: Rafael Nadal opens title against Alexandr Dolgopolov

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Rafael Nadal celebrates in Paris (Getty Photographs)

Defending champion Rafael Nadal will start his bid for an eleventh French Open title against Alexandr Dolgopolov, with Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka in a stacked backside half of the draw.

Nadal additionally prevented Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori in his part, boosting his hopes of one other deep run at Roland Garros.

The most important potential challenges for the clay-courtroom grasp might be a quarterfinal against sixth seed Kevin Anderson and a semifinal conflict with both Marin Cilic or Juan Martin del Potro.

Nadal has been in sometimes dominant type on his favored floor this season, profitable his eleventh titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona amid a floor-particular document of fifty successive units gained, in addition to claiming glory on the Internazionali d’Italia in Rome.

“I really feel nice. All the time it’s extremely particular, being again to this place. Each time I’ve the prospect to be at this place, it is a very particular feeling,” Nadal stated on the draw ceremony. “There isn’t any doubt that that is crucial place in my profession and each time I’ve the prospect to be right here I take pleasure in

“In fact, having the success that I had the final couple of weeks helps to provide me extra confidence. On the similar time, the motivation right here is all the time as excessive as potential. I’m excited to be again right here.”

Djokovic begins against a qualifier and will face Dimitrov within the final sixteen, with David Goffin the second-highest seed within the 2016 champion’s quarter of the draw.

Wawrinka misplaced final yr’s ultimate in straight units to Nadal however has been bothered by a knee damage in 2018. He’ll start his marketing campaign against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and can possible have to beat Zverev and Thiem if he’s to succeed in the semis.