Roland Garros: Novak vs Korolev in R1!

French Open – Roland Garros (€16,807,400) starts on Sunday, May 23, 2010. The winner of the second Grand Slam of the season will get €1,120,000 and 2000 ATP points, the finalist will get €560,000 and 1200 points.

First round matches will be played from Sunday till Wednesday. Players will need to win seven matches in order to win the title.

The best Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic (no.3 seed) will open his campaign against world no.73 Evgeny Korolev of Kazakhstan. Nole won their only match in Indian Wells three years ago.

In round 2 Djokovic could meet Santiago Giraldo (COL) or Kei Nishikori (JPN).

Novak’s potential rivals in the later stages of the tournament are:

3rd round: Victor Hanescu (ROU,31), Oscar Hernandez (ESP)
4th round: Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP,16), Sam Querrey (USA,18)
Quarter-finals: David Ferrer (ESP,9), Jurgen Melzer (AUT,22), Andy Roddick (USA,6), Juan Monaco (ARG,26)
Semi-finals: Rafael Nadal (ESP,2), Fernando Verdasco (ESP,7), Nicolas Almagro (ESP,19), Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER,30)
Finals: Roger Federer (SUI,1), Andy Murray (GBR,4), Robin Soderling (SWE,5), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA,8)

Last year Nole reached third round. He lost to German Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6, 4-6, 4-6.

Defending champion is Roger Federer. The Swiss defeated Robin Soderling in the finals.

Matches will be played on 20 courts. The main are Philippe Chatrier, Suzanne Lenglen and Court no.1.

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