Doubt revealed. Following the Roland Garros main draw draw on Thursday, Roger Federer met his rival for the first round at the Paris Grand Slam on Friday, second Major of this season. This is Denis Istomin, rival from the classification, which he always beat.
The Swiss, who will turn 40 in August, already knows his hypothetical path at the French Open, a tournament he won in 2009. And now he knows who he will face at the opening, scheduled for Monday or Tuesday.
Roland Garros will raise the curtain on Sunday and that day Federer will be able to observe action, facing his presentation against Istomin, who exceeded 30 years and made it through qualifying. The Swiss, currently No. 8 in the world, thanks to the protected ranking, will face the Uzbek (203rd), who was Top 35 ATP nine years ago.
The seven official matches were won by Federer, with the particularity that this one in Paris will be the first among them on clay. The former world No. 1 won six times on hard courts and once on grass. On two occasions they were measured in the Grand Slam, in both cases at the Australian Open.
In case of advancing, the Helvetian will play against the winner of the clash between Marin Cilic (47 °) and Arthur Rinderknech (117 °).
On the other hand, in the third round, Federer could face Taylor Fritz (33rd), while in the fourth instance his rival could be Matteo Berrettini (9th). As if that were not enough, in a hypothetical quarter-final, the Swiss would be measured against Novak Djokovic, No. 1 in the world.
In the semifinals, Roger could come across Rafael Nadal (3rd), who is also on the same side of the table, and in the grand finale, Daniil Medvedev (2nd), Dominic Thiem (4th), Stefanos Tsitsipas (5th) and Alexander Zverev (6th) They are the favorites by ranking to reach the decisive duel.