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Roger Federer to face Sonego in French Open

Roger Federer to face Sonego in French Open
Roger Federer
Paris, May 24 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 5/24/2019 12:06:14 PM IST

Roger Federer will play his first match at Roland Garros since 2015 as he plays Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego in the first round of the French Open.

Federer is in the same half of the draw as second-seed Rafael Nadal, who begins his bid for a 12th title against a qualifier.

Top seed Novak Djokovic, who is aiming to win four Grand Slam titles in a row for the second time, takes on Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in the other half.

Cameron Norrie gained the headline-grabbing draw among the British players at the French Open.

Norrie can put further pressure on Kyle Edmund for the British No 1 spot when the tournament begins on Sunday.

Edmund reached the third round here during a superb 2018 but 2019 has been hugely disappointing so far, and the 24-year-old goes into his first-round clash with Frenchman Jeremy Chardy trying to snap a five-match losing streak.

Britain’s third male representative, Dan Evans, faces a major battle to win his first match at Roland Garros after drawing in-form 23rd-seed Fernando Verdasco.

Osaka handed tough draw

Naomi Osaka is aiming to win her third successive Grand Slam title but she faces a tough path at this year’s French Open.

The 21-year-old Japanese meets Slovakia’s Anna-Karolina Schmeidlova in the first round but would then face the winner of an enticing clash between Victoria Azarenka and former champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Serena Williams is also in the same section and will face Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko provided she overcomes a left-knee problem, while defending champion Simona Halep meets Australian Ajla Tomljanovic.

There was confusion on the women’s side at the presence in the draw of British number three Katie Boulter, who had previously been ruled out of the entire clay-court season with a back injury.

It is thought Boulter is not intending to play but she is yet to officially withdraw and was paired against 23rd-seed Donna Vekic in the draw.

Boulter could potentially be in line to receive half of the first-round prize money of 46,000 euros should she pull out before her match, although she would need to be on site in Paris to qualify.

British number one Johanna Konta drew a qualifier as she looks to build on her superb run to the final in Rome last weekend.

That was particularly timely as it earned her a place among the 32 seeds in Paris as the world number 26.

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