June 7, 2023
French Open 2023 Draw: Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic Placed In The Same Half | Other Sports News

World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz and 22-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic have landed in the identical half of the French Open 2023 draw. Clay-court Grand Slam will probably be held from Might 28 to June 11. The Spaniard, who has received three trophies on clay this season, might meet third seed Djokovic within the semi-finals, with 2021 finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas drawn within the 20-year-old’s quarter. Alcaraz is competing in his third clay-court Grand Slam, having reached the quarterfinals in 2022. The highest seed will face a qualifier within the first spherical earlier than going through 14th seed Cameron Norrie within the fourth spherical. Fifth seed Tsitsipas, who’s in the identical division as Felix Auger-Aliassime, could be Alcaraz’s quarter-final opponent.

Denis Shapovalov of Canada and Lorenzo Musetti of Italy are additionally within the high quarter of the draw. Alcaraz would possibly face Shapovalov within the third spherical, whereas Musetti, who took Djokovic to 5 units in Paris in 2021, is in the identical division as Norrie. Two-time champion Djokovic, who’s aiming to win a document twenty third Grand Slam title in Paris, will begin in opposition to American Aleksandar Kovacevic. The Serbian is in the identical part as Hubert Hurkacz, with seventh seed Andrey Rublev a potential quarter-final opponent. Rublev captured the Monte-Carlo title final month and faces Laslo Djere within the first spherical.

All smiles in Paris _

Bonjour, @DjokerNole _#RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/koLtSYSKco

— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) Might 25, 2023

American Ben Shelton is in the identical part as Rublev. The 20-year-old Shelton, who reached the quarter-finals on the Australian Open, had by no means competed on pink clay earlier than this 12 months. Shelton will face a tricky opening check in opposition to Italian Lorenzo Sonego. Daniil Medvedev, the second seed, anchors the underside half of the draw. After successful his first clay-court victory final week in Rome, the 27-year-old moved as much as No. 2 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. Medvedev’s win in Italy assured that he can be seeded second in Paris, permitting Alcaraz and Djokovic to be positioned in the identical half.

Within the first spherical, Medvedev will face a qualifier earlier than both Jannik Sinner or two-time semi-finalist Alexander Zverev within the quarter-finals. Sinner, the eighth seed, will face Frenchman Alexandre Muller within the first spherical, whereas Zverev will face South African Lloyd Harris. Sinner is 28-7 this season and has reached three tour-level finals, together with his second ATP Masters 1000 title match in Miami.