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Favourable draw for the Belgians at Roland Garros , David Goffin can dream clash with Nadal

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Elise Mertens (WTA 20) in the first round of Roland Garros against the Slovenian Tamara Zidansek (WTA 68). That turns out Thursday from the draw for the second grand slam tournament of the season. Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA 55) opens on the Paris clay against the Spanish Sara Sorribes Tormo (WTA 72), Kirsten Flipkens (WTA 59) faces Monica Puig (WTA 61) from Puerto Rico. Men’s David Goffin in the third round clash on gravelkoning Rafael Nadal (ATP 2).

David Goffin (ATP 30) takes the next week in the first round at Roland Garros, the second grand slam tournament of the season, in the first round against the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis (ATP 72), so make the draw Thursday.

For the two players, both 28 years old, is the fourth confrontation on the main table of an ATP tournament, the second at a grand slam tournament. The state is currently 2-1 in favour of our countryman, who in the meantime has arrived in the French capital Paris and will start as the 27th seed. Goffin won in 2015, two times against the Lithuanian, on the ATP-tournament in the Indian Chennai and at the US Open. Earlier this year, was Berankis too strong for Goffin in the sixteenth-finals in the Qatari capital Doha. Remarkably, Berankis seemed to never get past the opening round in Paris.

Goffins best result on the Paris clay is a place in the quarter-finals in 2016, when he is in a viersetter onderuitging against the Austrian Dominic Thiem. Last year, got our fellow american for the third time in his career in the fourth round, in which the Italian Marco Cecchinato to be strongly proved. If Goffin that this year will match, he will first pass a tough third round to the Spaniard Rafael Nadal (ATP 2) is more likely than not the opponent. Rafa this year at Roland Garros on the hunt for his twelfth victory and plays in the first two rounds against kwalificatiespelers. With a win in the opening round wait for Goffin in round two the winner of the duel between the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic (ATP 83) and the American Denis Kudla (ATP 79).

Also Kimmer Coppejans on the main table

In addition Goffin is also Kimmer Coppejans (ATP 181) on the main table in Paris. The 25-year-old Oostendenaar won Thursday in the third and final qualifying round in three sets, the Frenchman Manuel Guinard (ATP 420): 6-3, 4-6 and 6-1 after 1 hour and 52 minutes. Coppejans reached for the second time in his career, the main table of a grand slam tournament. In 2015, he went to Roland Garros back in the first round. Who is this year his opponent in the opening round, is still not clear. The qualifications for the main table are not yet finished, only then is there a tie.

Comeback Federer

Roger Federer, celebrates next week after a four year absence, his return to the Parisian clay courts. The Swiss number three in the world in the first round of the Italian rider Lorenzo Sonego (ATP 73) opposite him. Also afterwards, the opposition is not too strong, so we seem to be allowed to draw up a semi-final against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 6), who, after excellent results in Madrid and Rome this year in the French capital, starts as one of the favorites.

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So see the draw of the Belgian women look like

Belgium’s number 1 Elise Mertens, the twentieth seed, got with Tamara Zidansek a paper viable opponent. The Slovenian state for the first time on the main table of Roland Garros. It is the first duel between Mertens and Zidansek. Last year kicking Mertens in the fourth round, her best result in Paris. If Mertens Zidansek defeats, in the second round, in a duel with either French wildcard Diane Parry (WTA 486) or the belarusian Vera Lapko (WTA 101).

Alison Van Uytvanck (WTA 55) opens on the Paris clay against the Spanish Sara Sorribes Tormo (WTA 72). Van Uytvanck, in 2015 kwartfinaliste at Roland Garros, took it all one time previously on against Sara Sorribes Tormo. In 2015 took the Flemish-Brabant with 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 by the Spanish in the qualifications for the graveltoernooi in Marrakech. In the second round is a duel with the American seventh seed Sloane Stephens (WTA 7).

With Monica Puig (WTA 61) Kirsten Flipkens, the reigning olympic champion opposite him. In the matches leading our compatriot 3-1. Won last year Puig on hard courts in Wuhan with 7-5, 5-7 and 6-3. The Campine seemed to have never been further than the second round in Paris.

Greet Minnen (WTA 150) is still in the running for a place on the main table. In the second qualifying round, she won on Thursday from the Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva (WTA 119): 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. In the last preliminary round will take Minuses against the Russian Sofya Zhuk (WTA 169).

Duel Serena – Osaka in the quarter-finals?

Number 1 in the world, Naomi Osaka, who was in Paris never got beyond the third round, will meet Slovak Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (WTA 92) in the first round. The Japanese in the quarter-finals clash with Serena Williams (WTA 10). The American goes in search of a 24th grandslamzege.

The Romanian titelverdedigster Simona Halep (WTA 3) opens against the Australian Ajla Tomljanovic (WTA 47). In the first round is a duel between Venus Williams (WTA 52), good for two titles at the Porte d’auteuil, and the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (WTA 9) in the program. The Latvian Jelena Ostapenko (WTA 40), that in 2017 the victory picked up, former world number 1 Victoria Azarenka (WTA 44) from belarus.

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