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Swiatek and Djokovic have been confirmed as top seeds for Thursday’s French Open draw

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The two world No. 1s will also start as the two favorites and will automatically be seeded at the top of the draw

Djokovic briefly lost his status as world no would stay there.

Novak Djokovic will enter the French Open draw, his first Grand Slam in eight months, as the top seed and favorite after winning the Italian Open title for a sixth time on Sunday.

Medvedev is out through injury after undergoing minor surgery for a hernia, meaning he will play his first clay-court game of the season in Geneva this week, hoping to regain his fitness to compete on the Parisian clay .

The Russian player gets the No. 2 seed, meaning he can’t meet Djokovic until the final, assuming they both get that far.

Given Rafael Nadal’s injury woes, Djokovic’s dominance over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Rome final and Medvedev’s lack of fitness, the world No. 1 will be the clear favorite when the tournament begins on Sunday May 22 – and he disagrees Bookmakers don’t.

“I think with the placements and the way I’ve played in the last few weeks, I would classify myself as one of the favourites,” said Djokovic in Rome on Sunday.

“I obviously don’t spend too much time thinking about who’s going to win or who might have the best chances. I always think of myself.

“I go there with the highest ambitions, especially in relation to the way I played here. I like my chances very much.

“Obviously you can’t influence the draw and everything, but they will also dictate my path a bit towards the later stages of the event.”

Grand Slam draws are arranged – or “settled” – to ensure the best players go up against the best opponents later in the tournament. The #1 and #2 are always at the top and bottom of the bracket, respectively. The No. 3 and No. 4 will be randomly drawn into one of the two remaining ‘quarters’ of the 128-player group, meaning they won’t be able to face the top two seeds until the semi-finals.

The seedlings are then grown into two groups of four (9-12 and 13-16) and two groups of eight (17-24 and 25-32), effectively ensuring that the tournament becomes more difficult over time.

It’s one of the things that makes Grand Slam tournaments unique and why the confident Djokovic still insists he can’t take anything for granted.

“Best-of-five, you play every other day,” Djokovic added.

“It’s a Grand Slam. It is different. Really, the Grand Slams are played differently. You have to do it differently.

“But the way I’ve felt on and off the pitch over the past few weeks, I really believe I can go far.”

At the women’s, Iga Swiatek will be better than a 2-1 favorite to win her second Roland Garros title after extending her unbeaten run to a staggering 28 games, including titles in Qatar, Miami, Indian Wells, Stuttgart and Rome.

“It’s pretty hard to describe because all these tournaments that I’ve won seem pretty surreal right now. I feel like just continuing the same things as before was key,” Swiatek said after beating the in-form Ons Jabeur 6-2, 6-2 in Sunday’s final.

“It’s quite strange because you might think that every tournament… …needs something more. But I’m pretty happy with my solid game. I was just able to play well and also improve during the tournament.

“I remember how difficult last year was at the beginning. This year, too, it was a bit difficult to get used to the surface. Well, I’m just proud of myself, honestly. That’s the only way I can describe it.”

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