The fairy godmother didn’t mean well for Alexander Zverev at the French Open. The German number one is already facing a tournament favourite in the quarter-finals – and the same in the semi-finals.

Olympic champion Alexander Zverev will face a qualifier at the start of the French Open. So far, so good. But already in the quarter-finals the 25-year-old, seeded third, could have to face young star Carlos Alcaraz. The Spaniard has been playing great lately, winning Barcelona and Madrid, where he outclassed Zverev in the final, and is considered one of the big favourites for the title.

All in all, Zverev was drawn into the much more difficult half of the tournament, so there is the threat of a duel with Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, who could already meet in the quarter-finals. By the way, it could get emotional for Djokovic in round two, because he could meet Alex Molcan there.

The 24-year-old Slovakian is not a particularly big hurdle for “Nole”, but Molcan is now coached by none other than Marian Vajda – the man who has been Djokovic’s coach for many years and who has shaped the Serb into the player he is today. The two have parted ways since the beginning of the year.

Kerber meets Frech

In the women’s singles, 21st seed Angelique Kerber will first take on Poland’s Magdalena Frech – hoping to make it past the first round again, something she hasn’t managed since 2018. Meanwhile, Jule Niemeier made it into the main draw of a major for the first time. The 22-year-old prevailed in the qualifying round and only lost seven games.