Roland Garros already has his box: the difficult road for Schwartzman and bad news for Nadal

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The Argentine must reach at least the quarterfinals to be top 10. There he could meet Thiem, king of New York, and hypothetical rival of the Spanish in the prelude to the final. The premieres for Argentines.

The main draw of Roland Garros, the last Grand Slam of this 2020 convulsed by the coronavirus pandemic, smiled at Diego Schwartzman. The number 13 in the world will have in Paris the chance to get among the top ten in the ranking for the first time and chance left him in front of a stage that invites him to be excited. On the other hand, Guido Pella was faced with a road with several possible crossings with specialists in brick dust; and Juan Ignacio Londero, Federico Delbonis and Federico Coria will have commitments of different demands for the first rounds.

Schwartzman must reach at least the quarterfinals to have a chance to break the top 10 barrier, although it will also depend on the performances of some of his rivals. As a 12th seed, chance could leave him face to face with one of the top favorites in the round of 16, just the last instance that he needs to overcome yes or yes in the pursuit of that goal. But luck determined that he would only face Dominic Thiem (3rd) in the quarterfinals, Rafael Nadal (2nd) in the semifinals and Novak Djokovic (1st) in the final.

The porteño, who comes from playing his first final in a Masters 1,000 in Rome, in which he lost to Djokovic, will make his debut against Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic. The number 40 in the ranking was crowned a few weeks ago in Kitzbühel, but then said goodbye in the first round at the Foro Italico with a clear loss to Yoshihito Nishioka.

If he advances to the second round, Schwartzman would come across the winner of the duel between Frenchman Corentin Moutet (70th) and a player from qualifying. In the third round, if the logic is correct, it would be measured with the Croatian Borna Coric, seeded 24th; and in the round of 16, with another local, Gael Monfils, eighth favorite, with whom he is tied 2-2 on record.

Always dangerous, especially on brick dust, the Frenchman would be Schwartzman’s first big care rival. Although for the present of each, the Argentine could overcome it without problems. The world number nine played just one tournament since the resumption of the circuit, the Rome Masters, where he lost in his debut against German Dominic Koepfer, 90 °.

Beating Monfils, Peque would be in the way of Thiem, recent champion at the US Open and number three in the world, whom he would face in the quarterfinals; and Nadal, twelve times champion in Paris, for the semis.

Guido Pella, 37th in the ranking, will put first before Italian Salvatore Caruso, 84th, whom he has never faced in his career. And from the second round, all slow court specialist players appear on his horizon. In the second round, the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta (17th favorite), who will debut against the Australian John Millman. In third, another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut (10th). And in the second round, the Italian Matteo Berrettini (7th).

Meanwhile, if he reaches the quarterfinals, he would meet Djokovic, the top seed, who arrives in Paris at a very high level, after being crowned in Rome, and with the aim of adding his 18th Grand Slam.

Juan Ignacio Londero (68 °) and Federico Delbonis (81 °) will star in the Argentine duel of the first round. The winner will face the Australian Alex De Miñaur, 25th seeded, or a player from qualifying. And in the next round, with the German Alexander Zverev, sixth seed, who appears as the most dangerous rival in that portion of the table.

Finally, Federico Coria, who this week entered the top 100 in the ranking for the first time (he is 98th), waits for an opponent who will leave the ranking. And he would later cross the path of the French Benoit Paire (23rd), the Belgian David Goffin (11th) and Zverev himself.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will debut in Paris against rivals who, on paper, shouldn’t make them sweat too much. The Serbian will collide with the Swede Mikael Ymer, 80th in the ranking and 22 years old; and the Spanish, with the Belarusian Egor Gerasimov, 83rd in the world.

NoleChampion at Roland Garros in 2016, he would meet Berrettini in the quarterfinals and in a possible semis with Russian Daniil Medvedev (4th) or Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (5th).

Rafa, great dominator in the last 15 years on the brick dust of Bois de Boulogne, wants to forget his surprise fall in the quarterfinals of Rome against Schwartzman and add his 20th Grand Slam, to equal the record of Roger Federer. On his way to the final – somewhat more demanding than the number one one – he would meet Zverev in the quarterfinals and in the semis with Thiem, who will have a difficult debut against Croatian Marin Cilic.

Although in the sector of the frame through which the Austrian will advance there are two other rivals to consider, Stan Wawrinka, champion in Paris in 2015, and Andy Murray. The Swiss (16th) and the Scotsman will star in an interesting first-round duel and, by history and by present, could surprise in the French capital.



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