There will be no dream final between Djokovic and Alcaraz on the sands of Paris

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Novak Djokovic won the prestigious Musketeer Cup in 2016 and 2021. Photo: Reuters

The battle for number one in world tennis will also be an added charm in Paris, as the leader Alcaraz and the third Djokovic are separated by 860 points. The Spaniard and the Serb reached the quarterfinals last year, Daniil Medvedev reached the round of 16.

Rafael Nadal will not defend the title, and Iga Swiatek will try to defend the women’s cup. Photo: EPA

Djokovic will try to take advantage of the absence of 14-time winner on the sands of Paris Rafael Nadal and get his hands on a record 23rd Grand Slam title. He currently shares the record with Nadal, who will miss Roland Garros for the first time in his career or since 2005 due to an injury.

Djokovic, who slipped to third place in the ATP rankings on Monday, will face Aleksandar Kovacevic from the USA in the first round. The 36-year-old Serb, who lifted the prestigious cup in Paris in 2016 and 2021, did not advance beyond the quarterfinals in the three clay tournaments he participated in this year. He did not impress in Monte Carlo, Banja Luka and Rome, but he is always the best on the big stage when he plays on three sets.

Alcaraz and the winner of the last Masters in Rome, Daniil Medvedev, will meet the players from the qualifiers in the opening match.

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World No. 1 Iga Swiatek can meet Kazakhstan’s Jelena Ribakina, who shone in Rome, in the semifinals. On the way to the much-desired title defense, which no player has been able to do in the last 16 years, the Polish woman will have to face the Czech Barbora Krejčikova in the round of 16, who defeated the Polish woman in the last two matches.

Swiatek, who left the last tournament in Rome with a slight muscle injury, will face Spain’s Cristina Bucsa, 67th in the WTA rankings, in the first round. She can then play last year’s finalist Coco Gauff in the quarter-finals and last week’s winner Rome in the semi-finals.

Sabalenka already for the introduction with the excellent Ukrainian Kostyuk
The second player of the world, Arina Sabalenka, who won the first big four tournament of her career in Melbourne this year, will start the tournament against the Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk. In the remaining three Grand Slam tournaments, Sabalenka has already made it to at least the semifinals, but in Paris she has not made it further than the third round.

Tamara Zidanšek will chase the main tournament on Friday
Slovenia does not yet have a representative in the main tournament. After the defeats of Kaja Juvan, Polona Hercog and Dalila Jakupovič, only Tamara Zidanšek is in the qualifications, who will meet the Spaniard Aliona Bolsova in the third round on Friday.


PARIS, 1st round (M), table
(21,296,881 euros, sand)

ALCARAZ (ŠPA/1) – qualifier
O’CONNELL (AVS) – DANIEL (JAP)
ARNALDI (ITA) – GALAN (KOL)
SHAPOVALOV (KAN/26) – NAKASHIMA (USA)
MUSETTI (ITA/17) – M. YMER (SWE)
SHEVCHENKO (RUS) – OTTE (GERMAN)
qualifier – qualifier
NORRIE (VB/14) – PAIRE (FRA)

AUGER ALIASSIME (KAN/10) – FOGNINI (ITA)
KUBLER (AVS) – qualifier
CRESSY (USA) – Qualifier
KORDA (USA/24) – McDONALD (USA)
ZAPATA M. (ŠPA/32) – SCHWARTZMAN (ARG)
ISNER (USA) – BORGES (POR)
CARBALLES BAENA (ŠPA) – qualifier
CICIPAS (GREECE/5) – VESELY (CZECH REPUBLIC)

ĐOKOVIĆ (SRB/3) – KOVACEVIC (USA)
FUCSOVICS (MAD) – GRENIER (FRA)
VAN ASSCHE (FRA) – CECCHINATO (ITA)
DAVIDOVICH FOKINA (ŠPA/29) – FILS (FRA)
BAUTISTA AGUT (ŠPA/19) – VU (KIT)
VARILLAS (PER) – qualifier
GRIEKSPOOR (NIZ) – qualifier
HURKACZ (POL/13) – GOFFIN (BEL)

HACHANOV (RUS/11) – LESTIENNE (FRA)
KYPSON (USA) – qualifier
WAWRINKA (SWI) – RAMOS VINOLAS (ŠPA)
EVANS (VB/20) – KOKKINAKIS (AVS)
SHELTON (USA/30) – SONEGO (ITA)
MANNARINO (FRA) – HUMBERT (FRA)
CAZAUX (FRA) – MOUTET (FRA)
RUBLIJOV (RUS/7) – ĐERE (SRB)

RUNE (DAY/6) – EUBANKS (USA)
MONFILS (FRA) – BAEZ (ARG)
MPETSHI PERRICARD (FRA) – qualifier
KECMANOVIĆ (SRB/31) – qualifier
F. CERUNDULO (ARG/23) – MUNAR (ŠPA)
MONTEIRO (BRA) – BONZI (FRA)
GASQUET (FRA) – RINDERKNECH (FRA)
FRITZ (USA/9) – MMOH (USA)

PAUL (USA/16) – Qualifier
JARRY (CHILE) – DELLIEN (BOL)
GIRON (USA) – qualifier
STRUFF (GER/21) – LEHECKA (CZECH REPUBLIC)
VAN DE ZANDSCHULP (NIZ/25) – qualifier
DŽANG (KIT) – LAJOVIĆ (SRB)
BUBLIK (KAZ) – qualifier
RUUD (NOR/4) – qualifier

SINNER (ITA/8) – MULLER (FRA)
ALTMAIER (GERMAN) – HUESLER (SWI)
RUUSUVUORI (FIN) – BARRERE (FRA)
DIMITROV (BLG/28) – qualifier
A. ZVEREV (GER/22) – HARRIS (JAR)
GASTON (FRA) – MOLCAN (SLK)
POPYRIN (AVS) – qualifier
TIAFOE (USA/12) – KRAJINOVIĆ (SRB)

ĆORIĆ (HRV/15) – CORIA (ARG)
THIEM (AVT) – CACHIN (ARG)
DRAPER (UK) – ETCHEVERY (ARG)
DE MINAUR (AVS/18) – IVAŠKA (BLR)
NIŠIOKA (JAP/27) – WOLF (USA)
PURCELL (AVS) – THOMPSON (AVS)
HALYS (FRA) – PELLA (ARG)
MEDVEDJEV (RUS/2) – qualifier


1st round (W), table:
SWIATEK (POL/1) – BUCSA (ŠPA)
LIU (USA) – qualifier
PETERSON (SWE) – qualifier
BOUZKOVA (CZECH/31) – VANG (KIT)
AZARENKA (BLR/18) – ANDREESCU (KAN)
KALINSKA (RUS) – NAVARRO (USA)
ŽU (WHITE) – DAVIS (USA)
KREJČIKOVA (CZECH/13) – CURENKO (UKR)

KUDERMETOVA (RUS/11) – SCHMIEDLOVA (SLK)
KUCOVA (SLK) – qualifier
MLADENOVIC (FRA) – qualifier
KEYS (US/20) – KANEPI (EST)
KALININA (UKR/25) – PARRY (FRA)
RISKE (USA) – qualifier
GRABHER (AVT) – qualifier
GAUFF (USA/6) – MASAROVA (ŠPA)

RIBAKINA (KAZ/4) – qualifier
NOSKOVA (CZECH REPUBLIC) – KOVINIC (ČG)
BUREL (FRA) – SORRIBES TORMO (SPA)
ROGERS (AVS/32) – MARTIC (CROATIA)
ALEXANDORVA (RUS/23) – TOMOVA (BLG)
FRIEDSAM (GERMAN) – qualifier
MARINO (KAN) – SHNAIDER (RUS)
HADDAD MAIA (BRA/14) – MARIA (GERMAN)

KVITOVA (CZECH/10) – COCCIARETTO (ITA)
qualifier – qualifier
KONTAVEIT (EST) – PERA (USA)
VEKIĆ (CROATIA/22) – qualifier
CIRSTEA (ROM/30) – PAOLINI (ITA)
BAINDL (UKR) – qualifier
JANICIJEVIC (FRA) – DODIN (FRA)
JABEUR (TUN/7) – BRONZETTI (ITA)

SAKARI (GREECE/8) – MUCHOVA (CZECH REPUBLIC)
PODOROSKA (ARG) – PONCEHT (FRA)
ERRANI (ITA) – TEICHMANN (SWI)
BEGU (ROM/27) – BONDAR (MAD)
LINETTE (POL/21) – FERNANDEZ (KAN)
SASNOVIČ (BLR) – qualifier
JEANJEAN (FRA) – BIRRELL (AVS)
BENCIC (ŠVI/12) – qualifier

SAMSONOVA (RUS/15) – VOLYNETS (USA)
PAVLYUCHENKOVA (RUS) – FRUHVIRTOVA (CZECH REPUBLIC)
SHERIF (EGI) – BRENGLE (USA)
POTAPOVA (RUS/24) – qualifier
MERTENS (BEL/28) – qualifier
McNALLY (USA) – BOGDAN (ROM)
CORNET (FRA) – GIORGI (ITA)
PEGULA (USA/3) – COLLINS (USA)

GARCIA (FRA/5) – VANG (KIT)
BLINKOVA (RUS) – BONAVENTURE (BEL)
PARRIZAS DIAZ (ŠPA) – qualifier
TREVISAN (ITA/26) – SVITOLINA (UKR)
OSTAPENKO (LAT/17) – MARTINOCOVA (CZECH REPUBLIC)
STEARNS (USA) – SINIAKOVA (CZECH REPUBLIC)
VONDROUŠOVA (CZECH REPUBLIC) – PARKS (USA)
KASATKINA (RUS/9) – NIEMEIER (GERMAN)

PLISKOVA (CZECH REPUBLIC/16) – STEPHENS (USA)
GRAČEVA (RUS) – DALFI (MAD)
PUTINCEVA (KAZ) – ZANEVSKA (BEL)
ŽENG (KIT/19) – qualifier
ĐANG (KIT/29) – FRECH (POL)
RAHIMOVA (RUS) – qualifier
UDVARDY (MAD) – qualifier
SABALENKA (BLR/2) – KOSTJUK (UKR)


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