The men’s draw this year was bound to revolve around two men. The King of Clay returned to the grand slams for the first time since being unceremoniously dumped out of Wimbledon while the world. No.1 renews his bid at the one major that eludes him. However due to Rafael Nadal’s long time out, the two favourites would not automatically fall in opposite sections and was undoubtedly the most anticipated outcome of today’s draw. As it turned out, Rafa was drawn in Djokovic’s half leaving us awaiting a mouthwatering clash in the semifinal.
This has also given the other contenders a new lease of life especially with the withdrawal of Murray. Roger Federer is the biggest beneficiary as his section is clear of fellow Big Four members giving him a real shot at his 6th final on the red clay. The main nearly-men waiting to make their breakthroughs include the ever present Ferrer, the dangerous Berdych and the charismatic Tsonga while waiting in the wings are outsiders Jerzy Janowicz and Benoit Paire among others. Let’s then delve into the draw to glean what we can about how things might just pan out over the next 15 days at Roland Garros