Towards a 60th Nadal-Djokovic?
The road is still very long, but the draw could make possible a sixtieth clash between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Fate kept them far enough apart for the eventual shock to take place in the semi-finals. It would only be their seventh indoor match (the first since… 2015) and the Serb leads 4-2. One and the other do not evolve in quarter tables too openly tricky. If he dominates the winner of Bautista Agut – Paul, the Spaniard could find Pablo Carreno-Busta (or Denis Shapovalov) in the third round and then Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarters, against whom he leads 7-2. It looks a little more complicated for “Djoko”, who could play Jannik Sinner in the third round, before meeting Marin Cilic or Casper Ruud in the quarters. But the Norwegian is not there: he remains on three defeats in a row.
Rise in power for Carlos Alcaraz
The world number 1 will not have the easy part, but his part of the table is built in stages: if he eliminates the winner of Karatsev-Nishioka, it will be to find Matteo Berrettini in the third round, then the survivor of a part where Andrey Rublev evolve (seed 7), Hubert Hurkacz (semi-finalist last year, only beaten by Djokovic) and Holger Rune (the youngster who is rising) in the quarters. Without forgetting the former Stan Wawrinka and John Isner. In the semis, the Spanish cador could face Daniil Medvedev or Félix Auger-Aliassime.
A quarter of a painting that is worth a look
The second quarter of the painting is undoubtedly the most intriguing. Not only because we find Arthur Rinderknech and Gilles Simon there, but also because it could give birth to an explosive quarter-final between Daniil Medvedev (finalist in 2021) and Félix Auger-Aliassime, who is surfing on a series of eleven success in a row. Both are in good shape since they reached the last four in Vienna (for the Russian) and Basel (for the Canadian). Their possible match in Paris can generate sparks. In the sector, there are also dangerous players, such as Sebastian Korda (33rd in the world, finalist in Gijon and Antwerp), Frances Tiafoe (17th, finalist in Tokyo on hard outdoor), Taylor Fritz (10th, winner in Tokyo) and the unpredictable Alexander Bublik.
Andy Murray for Gilles Simon’s farewell
For his farewell to the competition, Gilles Simon will not go into the unknown. Far from there ! The fate indeed offered him Andy Murray in the first round. It will be their 19th meeting, the first since Vienna 2016. Their shared history dates back to Rome 2007 and the Scot leads 16-2 by a wide margin. If the French created the feat, it would be to find Taylor Fritz or Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the second round. Not spoiled, Adrian Mannarino will play a top seed as soon as he enters the running (Hubert Hurkacz). The fate turned out to be less cruel for Rinderknech (who will play Jack Draper) and for Richard Gasquet (who will be opposed to Alex Molcan). If he wins, the Biterrois will be entitled to a prestigious match against Ruud, world number 3.