Paris, France – The draw for the 2012 French Open was revealed Friday, and if world No. 1 Novak Djokovic wants to capture Roland Garros and the coveted career Grand Slam he could have to get past Roger Federer in the semifinals in two weeks.
Djokovic will try to capture a fourth straight overall Grand Slam title and is trying to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four majors in a calendar year this year.
The three-time French Open semifinalist lost to Federer in the French semis last year, which halted the super Serb's 43-match winning streak and prevented him from reaching a first-ever French Open finale.
Djokovic hasn't lost at a Grand Slam event since, rattling off his first-ever Wimbledon title, his first-ever U.S. Open championship, and a third Australian Open title.
His quarterfinal opponent in Paris could be world No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.
Some other possible quarterfinal matchups at the French could be Federer versus 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro or seventh-ranked Tomas Berdych; six-time French Open champ Rafael Nadal against eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic; and No. 4 Andy Murray versus No. 6 David Ferrer.
Seeded No. 1 at the French Open for the first time, Djokovic will open against 97th-ranked Potito Starace of Italy and could meet two-time major champ Lleyton Hewitt in the second.
The top seed has won the title just 12 times in the 44 French Opens played since 1968.
The two-time reigning champion Nadal will begin his attempt to win an Open Era-record record seventh French Open title against 111th-ranked Simone Bolelli of Italy. Nadal currently shares the record of six titles with the great Bjorn Borg.
Nadal could face 6-foot-10 massive-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic in the third round and the three-time Grand Slam runner-up Murray in the semifinals.
The 10-time major titlist Nadal beat the 2009 champion Federer in last year's French Open final and has beaten the Swiss icon in four finals at Roland Garros overall.
Nadal is an amazing 45-1 lifetime on the famed red clay at the French.
The 16-time Grand Slam winner Federer will face German Tobias Kamke in round one. He would surpass Jimmy Connors' 233-49 record for most Open Era Grand Slam match wins if he reaches the third round. The Swiss great will appear at his 50th straight major event.
Federer could face 28th-seeded American Andy Roddick in the third round
Murray will face Japan's Tatsuma Ito in his first match next week. The British star could play rising Aussie Bernard Tomic in the third round, followed by a round-of-16 meeting with No. 17 seed Richard Gasquet or 16th-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov. Sixth-seeded David Ferrer or No. 10 John Isner could be potential quarterfinal opponents for the talented Scot.
The last French finalist at Roland Garros was Henri Leconte in 1988, while the last French champion was Yannick Noah in 1983.
The 2012 French Open will get underway Sunday in Paris.