Tennis-Nadal handed kind draw, Federer and Djokovic set for rematch

Reuters

Fri, 25 May 12:02:00 2012

Six-times champion Rafa Nadal was handed a smooth looking path to the French Open final on Friday, avoiding the half of the draw featuring world number one Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer who are seeded to meet in the semi-finals.

The Spanish second seed, who appeared back to his awe-inspiring best on clay in Rome earlier this month after an unfortunate slip-up on the Madrid blue surface, could face Briton Andy Murray in the semi-final.

The defending champion will need, however, to keep his guard up in a first-round encounter with Italian Simone Bolelli before a likely match against claycourt specialist Juan Monaco of Argentina in the third round.

The French Open starts on Sunday.

 

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  1. Rafa could play Monaco, Almagro or Ferrer who are clay­ court specialists and have won clay court tournaments­ this year. Almagro won Nice title yesterday. Anyways,­ Rafa has beaten nearly everyone he plays on this­ surface. He has won RG since 2006 only beaten by­ Soderling in 09. So, come on, you can only play whose­ in front of you and let's see what upsets there are­ for the others. Andy Roddick out already he was in Feds­ bracket...... Vamos Rafa, Our Champion

    From A, on Sun 27 May 23:02
  2. MOHAMMED how dare u tell me to shut up? u have no idea­ what kind of venom i can spilll......so watch ur­ mouth....u hero will lose anyways....

    From Sam parikh, on Fri 25 May 15:31
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    shut up Sam and enjoy djoker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You can­ only play who is in front of you so keep it shut and­ watch the king of clay in action you muppet.

    From Mohammed, on Fri 25 May 15:03
  4. rafa nadal got his draw made up by uncle tony....now­ they might as well let him just play one match on the­ finals....cause why waste everybodys time and­ money....i mean rafa most difficult match of the­ tournament till the finals is who? monaco? monaco who?­ and janko in the quarters ? com on guys but this is not­ acceptable....nadal should be really feeling bad cause­ if he wins the tournament he know he only won cause he­ had no competition.....sad but true...no way he can be­ compared to borg....borg will always be the greatest­ ever! in order to be the greatest clay court player­ nadal had to beat delpo quarters , novak semi finals­ and federer in the finals! that never happened and so­ nadal will never be the greatest ever on clay no matter­ how many french he wins......borg the greatest ever!

    From Sam parikh, on Fri 25 May 13:47
  5. uncle tony made up nadals draw so how can he not get a­ kind draw! what sick draw is that? delpo berdych tsonga­ novak and federer on the same side? so who is rafa­ going to play? brad gilbert? monaco? and who simon ?­ this is crazy! all the top players in one side of the­ draw and nadal has to play no one till the finals!

    From Sam parikh, on Fri 25 May 12:08
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