Djokovic and Nadal could meet in French Open semifinals

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Djokovic and Nadal could meet in French Open semifinals
Djokovic and Nadal could meet in French Open semifinals

PARIS (AP) – Rafael Nadal could face Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the French Open in his quest for a 10th title at Roland Garros.

The fourth-seeded Nadal, the only player with nine trophies from one Grand Slam tournament, will open against Benoit Paire.

Nadal has been the dominant player of the clay-court season and has won 17 straight matches on his favorite surface, while Djokovic has been struggling with form and confidence recently.

Djokovic completed a career Grand Slam at the French Open last year by beating Andy Murray in the final.

The top-ranked Murray will open against Andrey Kuznetsov.

In the women’s draw, defending champion Garbine Muguruza was handed a tough first round match against 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone. Top-ranked Angelique Kerber will be up against 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova.

Defending champions Serbia’s Novak Djokovic listens before the draw of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, May 26, 2017 in Paris. The French Open tennis tournament starts Sunday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Defending champions Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Spain’s Garbine Muguruza carry the cups as they arrive for the draw of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, May 26, 2017 in Paris. The French Open tennis tounament starts Sunday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Defending champion Serbia’s Novak Djokovic carries the cup as he arrives for the draw for the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, May 26, 2017 in Paris. The French Open tennis tounament starts Sunday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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