Bid had to face a big test to regain the French Open title after being handed over to Ash Barty. Draw mine area That could stop him from winning the blockbuster semifinal against champion Iga Śwątek.
- Ash Barty has a great European clay-court swig with two titles and one final appearance
- After Rafael Nadal claimed victory over Alexei Popparin in Madrid, he admitted that he was impressed by Popperin’s remarkable power.
- Australia’s men’s number one Alex de Minor will face Stefano Travaglia in the first round.
Think of Australia’s rising male star Alexei Poprin on Thursday. In the first round, 13-time champion Rafael Nadal took charge of the most restrictive test in world sports.
After losing her defense in the coveted-hit 2020, world number one Barty has returned to Roland Garros to reclaim the title. Sunday
Likewise, he shouldn’t have to worry about Poland’s Magda Lynette, world number 48, or French wildcard Chloe Packett in the next round.
From the third round onwards her difficulty increased rapidly as she could meet the dangerous Tunisian Ons Zabier or her Australian wildcard friend Ashtar Sharma who had just lost to Africa for her first medal in the Charleston final.
Barty is likely to meet teen star Koko Goff or Australian Open finalist Jane Brady, with Ukrainian fifth seed Elena Svisolina in the quarterfinals and the final meeting with 2020 Australian Open winner Sophia Kenin or Ivetic in the quarterfinals.
Barty, who beat Sweety Bart on the European Cleat Court in the final with two titles, lost to a Polish player at the Madrid Open earlier this month, but the teenager has been in good form ever since.
If Barty can make it to the finals, her scheduled opponent will be world number two Naomi Osaka. However, you may want to take the lower half of the drum rather than the position of Serena Williams, Bianca Andriscu or Ariana Sublenka.
Bertie has already practiced well at Roland Garro for fear of injury at the Italian Open when she came out with an old racket hand injury against Goff during the quarter-finals.
Nadal knows the problems he faces against 21-year-old Poprin, who has had more success than any other Australian man this year and is ranked No. 2 in the world.
The pair acknowledged that Nadal had just won a straight set in Madrid but were impressed by Sydneside’s remarkable power.
“If he was able to control a few mistakes, he would be very hard to beat, wouldn’t he? He has amazing service and amazing shots from everywhere,” Nadal said.
“Maximum respect for him, he has great potential, honestly.”
Popirin, who studied the video of how Robin Soderling made Nadal famous in Roland Garrow in 200 yrin, warned that if he got another chance to address the 34-year-old master, it would have dire consequences.
“He will have to face a tough opponent to play next time,” he told AAP earlier this month.
With only the champion in third place, this is an exceptional, one-sided men’s draw for the ‘Big Three’ – Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer – all on the same side of the draw.
Federer and Djokovic are set to play Nadal in the quarter-finals.
21st seed Alex de Minor of Australia will meet Stefano Travaglia in the first round, while second seed John Millman has a tough date with another Italian, Gianluca Magar, who lost to Poperin at the Serbian Open.