Tennis

Novak, Nadal on same side of French draw

(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

PARIS (AP) Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz all were placed on the same half of the French Open men's bracket in Thursday's draw for the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.

Djokovic, who is the defending champion and seeded No. 1, could meet 13-time champion Nadal in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. Djokovic beat Nadal in the semifinals a year ago.

Nadal leads the Grand Slam title standings among men with 21, one ahead of Djokovic and Roger Federer. This will be Djokovic's first major tournament since last year's U.S. Open; he was not allowed to play in the Australian Open because he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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1 N. Djokovic 8,660
2 D. Medvedev 7,980
3 A. Zverev 7,200
4 S. Tsitsipas 6,170
5 R. Nadal 5,525
6 C. Alcaraz 4,770
7 A. Rublev 3,945
8 C. Ruud 3,940
9 F. Auger-Aliassime 3,850
10 M. Berrettini 3,805
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2 B. Krejcikova 4,911
3 P. Badosa 4,770
4 M. Sakkari 4,726
5 A. Kontaveit 4,446
6 O. Jabeur 4,380
7 A. Sabalenka 3,966
8 K. Pliskova 3,568
9 D. Collins 3,315
10 G. Muguruza 3,031
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