The Roland Garros draw is out. Ten-time champion Rafael Nadal will play in the first round against Alexandr Dolgopolov.
In the second round, he could face Guido Pella or Joao Sousa. An encounter with Richard Gasquet could be on the cards in the third round.
If all goes well for our champion, he could face Canadian hotshot Denis Shapovalov or American Jack Sock in the fourth round. The King of Clay could come up against Kevin Anderson or Diego Schwartzman in the quarters. In the semifinals, he could be seen battling with Juan Martin del Potro or Marin Cilic.
Rafa’s possible path to an 11th French Open title:
- Round 1: Alexandr Dolgopolov
- Round 2: Guido Pella or Joao Sousa
- Round 3: Richard Gasquet
- Round 4: Denis Shapovalov
- Quarter Final: Diego Schwartzman
- Semi Final: Marin Cilic
- Final: Alexander Zverev
Roland Garros 2018 projected men’s singles quarterfinals:
- Rafael Nadal vs Kevin Anderson
- Marin Cilic vs Juan Martin del Potro
- David Goffin vs Grigor Dimitrov
- Alexander Zverev vs Dominic Thiem
Rafa has suffered just two losses in 81 matches at the clay-court Grand Slam championship – to Sweden’s Robin Soderling in the 2009 fourth round and to Novak Djokovic in the 2015 quarter-finals.
The Spanish superstar has a 19-1 clay-court record this year (23-2 overall), which includes 11th titles at both Monte-Carlo (d. Nishikori) and the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (d. Tsitsipas), in addition to an eighth crown at last week’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia (d. A. Zverev).
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP World Tour