In addition, the Spaniard, second seeded in Paris, will go through the theoretically more complicated part of the table, a possible semifinals against Dominic Thiem, third favorite and with whom he has played the last two finals in Paris, and hypothetical quarters with Alexander Zverev. The US Open champion will start with a ‘big’ winners’ duel against Croatian Marin Cilic.
Before that, the manacorí, who will try to catch up with the Swiss Roger Federer in number of ‘greats’ (20), will start against a 27-year-old Gerasimov, who will make his debut in the final table of Roland Garros and who has never been faced so far.
From there, on his way to the second week he could have several complicated obstacles such as the Japanese Kei Nishikori, in the third round, and the Italian Fabio Fognini, a rival who already knows what it is to beat him on the ground and on several occasions, in eighths.
His executioner in Rome, the Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who he would only see in the ‘semis’, and two illustrious people like the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka and the Scotsman Andy Murray, who will star in an attractive first-round duel.
For his part, the world number one, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, will make his debut on the Parisian clay against the Swedish Mikael Ymer, 80 of the world and 22 years old. The one from Belgrade, who has only lost one game this season and who has just conquered Rome, has an apparently simple draw until the eighth where he could face Russian Karen Kachanov.
By ranking, the Russian Daniil Medvedev or the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas would be the best placed for a possible semifinal against the first seed in a part of the table in which Roberto Bautista, who starts with local veteran Richard Gasquet, and Pablo Carreño, who starts with Australian John Millman.
Of the rest of the representatives of the ‘Armada’, Feliciano López will face a player from the previous one, Albert Ramos to the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, Alejandro Davidovic to the also French Harold Mayot, Jaume Munar to Stefanos Tsitsipas, Roberto Carballés to the American Steve Johnson and Pablo Andújar to the Italian Stefano Travaglia. They must be joined by Pedro Martínez, who qualified from the previous one and still does not know his rival.
MUGURUZA AVOIDES THE GREATEST DANGERS
As for the women’s team, the Spanish-Venezuelan Garbiñe Muguruza, champion in the Parisian red clay in 2016, will begin her career against the Slovenian tennis player Tamara Zidansek, 22 years old and number 82 in the WTA ranking that she has never faced .
The one from Caracas, who starts as the eleventh seed in the ‘Grand Slam’ and who has just shown a good level in Rome, does not have an excessively hard road to the final rounds, with the American Jennifer Brady, semifinalist in the last US Open , and Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, as theoretical opponents in the third and fourth rounds, respectively.
The American Sofia Kenin, her executioner in the Australian final and who is not in her best form, is the main seeded on her side for the quarters, and the Czechs Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova for a theoretical semi-finals.
Muguruza avoided important dangers such as the Romanian Simona Halep, first favorite in the absence of the Australian Ashleigh Barty and who will debut against the Castellón Sara Sorribes, the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka or the American Serena Williams, who is looking for a new opportunity to equal the 24 ‘big ‘by Margaret Court.
The other two Spanish representatives of the women’s team, Paula Badosa and Aliona Bolsava, will begin their journey against the Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova and the Italian Jasmine Paolini, respectively.