The draw and seedings for the men’s and women’s singles tournaments at the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros were unveiled Friday, and the bracket has set up a potential semifinal matchup between two heavyweights on the men’s side.
Novak Djokovic (No. 1 seed) and Rafael Nadal (No. 4 seed) would meet in the semifinal if both men successfully reach that stage of the tournament.
Djokovic has been the runner-up at the French Open each of the last two years, including a 2014 loss in the final to Nadal.
Nadal has won the French Open men’s singles title a record nine times, including five in a row from 2010 through 2014.
Defending champion Stan Wawrinka (No. 3 seed) is on the other side of the bracket with former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray (No. 2 seed).
Roger Federer won’t be participating at Roland Garros because of a back injury. He hadn’t missed a Grand Slam tournament since 1999, a streak of 65 straight appearances.
In the women’s bracket, defending champion Serena Williams is the No. 1 seed, which is no surprise despite her loss to Angelique Kerber in the final of the Australian Open back in January.
The 21-time Grand Slam singles champion doesn’t have an easy path to another French Open title, though. She could face Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals, Kerber in the semifinals and Agnieszka Radwanska in the final.
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