Rafael Nadal handed titanic first round clash with Rome Open champion Alexander Zverev

Rafael Nadal could not have asked for a trickier draw to begin his French Open campaign, with the record 14-time winner to face Alexander Zverev in the first round. Novak Djokovic will begin his title defence against French wild card Pierre-Hugues Herbert, while there is a battle between two unseeded veterans as Andy Murray faces Stan Wawrinka.

Rafael Nadal has been given a nightmare draw in what could be his final French Open, with the record 14-time champion to face Olympic gold medallist Alexander Zverev in the first round.

The Spaniard, who is currently ranked 276th in the world, is likely to be playing the Grand Slam for the last time before retiring, but he has ambitions to return to Roland Garros for the Olympics. 

Novak Djokovic begins his title defence against French wild card Pierre-Hugues Herbert, a five-time Grand Slam champion in doubles.

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Among the other highlights in the first round, Australian Open winner Jannik Sinner takes on American Christopher Eubanks, who reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon last year, with Carlos Alcaraz beginning against a qualifier or lucky loser, and Daniil Medvedev playing the German Dominik Koepfer.

Seventh seed Casper Ruud, who is aiming to go one better after losing in the last two finals in Paris, opens against Jakub Mensik.

Two greats who regularly competed for major titles face each other when former world No. 1 Andy Murray takes on 2015 winner Stan Wawrinka, a match-up which first took place19 years ago in the Davis Cup. Murray holds a 13-9 win/loss record over the Swiss.

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