French Open Odds: Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep Favorites at Roland Garros

Roger Federer at the French Open. Image Roland Garros

Roger Federer at the French Open. Image Roland GarrosMore

Defending champion Rafael Nadal leads the men's side as he looks to win his 12th French Open this year. The French Open tennis tournament starts Sunday May 26. And if he makes it to the second round of the clay-court Grand Slam, another qualifier will be waiting. Nadal beat Djokovic in last week's Italian Open.

Top seed Osaka, who is on a 14-match winning streak at Grand Slam events, having won the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open consecutively, heads the draw and will face former Top 30 player Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in the first round. "I played very well throughout the tournament, I'm very happy to find myself in this situation".

It will be the first match between the pair on tour with 37-year-old 20-times Grand Slam victor Federer - the third seed who won his solitary French Open a decade ago - giving away 13 years to 24-year-old Turin-born Sonego as the draw for this year's event was completed on Thursday.

World number one Novak Djokovic, who is looking to hold all four majors for the second time in his career, will take on Hubert Hurkacz with a possible quarter-final against German Alexander Zverev. Federer, in his first French Open match since 2015, will face Lorenzo Sonego of Italy and could face Stefanos Tsitsipas in a potential quarterfinal matchup.

In the women's draw, Simona Halep will open the defense of her title against Ajla Tomljanovic.

If Osaka gets by Schmiedlova and reaches the second round, she will face the victor of a blockbuster first-round tilt between 2017 Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko and former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka. He reached the quarterfinals in Madrid and Rome, where he withdrew because of a right leg injury.

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