2023 French Open Men’s Singles Draw: Uphill Task for 19-Year-Old Carlos Alcaraz as Novak Djokovic Threat Looms Large in a Potential Semi-final Blockbuster in Paris

Published 05/25/2023, 10:04 AM EDT

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The seeds for the Roland Garros have been announced. The top 32 ATP players were seeded for the draw following the usual format. The top 5 players in the draw are Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil MedvedevNovak Djokovic, Casper Ruud, and Stefanos Tsitsipas. All five players have shown a great fighting spirit leading up to the tournament and will now be looking to carry that determination in the clay major.

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Alcaraz has snatched two Master’s titles this season –  Indian Wells Master and the Madrid Open. Medvedev powered through and won the Dubai Championships and the Italian Open. Djokovic was dethroned at rank 1 recently as his performances after winning the Australian Open were not worthy of winning any Master’s tournaments.

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Ruud has not been able to perform as well as he did last season and has only managed to get to the semifinal of the Italian Open. Tsitsipas is someone who is coming back to form after his loss in the Australian Open finals. 

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The draws revealed one of the most astounding selections. Alcaraz and Djokovic are in the same section, and if they were to go ahead unbeaten, they would meet in the semifinal. 

The Djoker will be looking to win his 23rd grand slam title. However, his projected road to the finals, based on rankings, is not as easy as one would believe. He has to face Aleksandar Kovacevic in round 1, Márton Fucsovics in round 2, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in round 3, Hubert Hurkacz in round 4, Andrey Andreyevich Rublev in the quarterfinal and Alcaraz in the semifinal before he has a chance to claim the title.

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The world number 1 is always the favorite of any tournament. If Alcaraz wants to lift the Musketeers trophy for the first time, he could follow the possible path of facing a qualifier or the Lucky Loser in the first round, Christopher O’Connell or Taro Daniel in round 2, Denis Viktorovich Shapovalov or Brandon Nakashima in round 3, Cameron Norrie or Lorenzo Musetti in round 3, Tsitsipas, Félix Auger-Aliassime or Sebastian Korda in round 4, Djokovic or Rublev in the semifinal and Medvedev, Ruud, Holger Rune, or Jannik Sinner in the final.

Although Djokovic and Alcaraz have a good chance of winning, someone from the quarterfinal match-up could end up winning the coveted tournament. The matchups could be as follows: Alcaraz vs Tsitsipas, Rublev vs Djokovic, Rune vs Ruud and Sinner vs Medvedev.

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Similarly, the possible semifinals could be Djokovic vs Alcaraz and Ruud vs Medvedev.

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This tournament is one viewers will be watching with all their attention as they could witness history being made.

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