All set. This coming Monday, the second Grand Slam of the year, Roland Garros, gets underway. The final qualifying matches are currently taking place and yesterday (Thursday) the main draw for the big tournament on clay was held.
For the first time in 18 years, the king of clay and 14-time winner Rafael Nadal will not take part due to injury. In his absence, there will be quite a few who will try to steal his title, and know very well how much their chances of doing so have increased.
The intriguing side of the men's draw or the first undoubtedly, in which it was decided that barring any special surprises, the claimant to the crown and world number one, Carlos Alcaraz, will meet 22 Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. In the second expected semifinal: Daniil Medvedev and Casper Ruud.
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In the women's, world number one Iga Swiontek will of course try to defend her title, while second-ranked Aryna Sabalenka wants to lift a second career Grand Slam and first in Paris. In the highly anticipated semifinals, Swiontek may meet Elena Rybakina, while Sabalenka meets Jessica Pegula.
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