Roger Federer's French Open 2013 draw

The draw for the second Grand Slam of the season, the French Open, is out. Roger Federer was seeded No. 2 for the 2013 French Open.

No. 2 seed Federer, who captured the 2009 title over Robin Soderling, will face a qualifier in his first and second round matches. The Swiss is bidding to capture his 18th major championship title. Federer could challenge No. 30 seed Julien Benneteau in the third round. He could play No. 15 seed Gilles Simon or No. 18 seed Sam Querrey in the fourth round. No. 6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or No. 10 seed Marin Cilic or No. 17 seed Juan Monaco may be the quarter-final opponents for Federer.

No. 4 seed David Ferrer or No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych will be the potential semi-final opponents for Federer. Federer’s career record against Ferrer is 14-0.

Novak Djokovic was drawn in the same half of Rafael Nadal which means they will meet in the semi-final.

Djokovic would meet the player who beat him at the Mutua Madrid Open, No. 26 seed Grigor Dimitrov, in the third round. Alexandr Dolgopolov, the No. 22 seed, or No. 16 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber may be fourth round opponents. Eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic, who plays Nicolas Mahut in the first round, or No. 12 seed Tommy Haas could face Djokovic in the quarter-finals.

No. 3 Nadal starts his campaign against Daniel Brands. Nadal may face Lukas Rosol, who won their 2012 Wimbledon clash, or No. 27 seed Fabio Fognini in the third round. No. 7 seed Richard Gasquet or No. 9 seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who lost to Nadal in the Madrid final, may be quarter-final opponents for Nadal.

No. 4 seed David Ferrer, a semi-finalist in 2012. Ferrer will play Marinko Matosevic in the first round. No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych, a semi-finalist three years ago, challenges Gael Monfils in his opener. Berdych may play Ernests Gulbis in the second round. Ferrer and Berdych could meet in the quarter-finals.

Absense of important players: Andy Murray (lower back injury), Juan Martin del Potro (virus) and Mardy Fish (heart problem).

French Open 2013 draw:

Date: 24th May 2013, Source: ATP


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