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Djokovic could meet Federer in French Open final

Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - The draw for the 2015 French Open was revealed on Friday and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic could face second-seeded Roger Federer in the final in a couple of weeks in Paris.

The two-time French Open runner-up Djokovic will open against Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen and could face sixth-seeded former No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals in a rematch of last year's championship match, which was won by the Spanish great. The nine-time Roland Garros king Nadal also topped the Serbian stalwart Djokovic in the 2012 finale.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion Nadal will open against little-known French wild card Quentin Halys and could meet 10th-seeded Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round. Nadal, despite a 66-1 lifetime record at Roland Garros, has his lowest seed ever at the French Open.

If the eight-time major titlist Djokovic can make it through the top half of the draw, the former champion and four-time runner-up Federer could be waiting for him on the third Sunday in Paris.

Djokovic needs a French Open title complete a career Grand Slam, which has only been accomplished by seven men, including Federer and Nadal.

The 17-time Grand Slam king Federer will open his stay against a qualifier and could meet fellow Swiss, eighth-seeded Stan Wawrinka, in the quarters. The former Australian Open champ Wawrinka will open against Turk Marsel Ilhan in the bottom half.

In addition to the Aussie Open and Wimbledon champion Djokovic and the reigning French Open champ Nadal, the top half of the draw also features third-seeded Andy Murray, who is a perfect 10-0 on clay this year. The two- time major champion from Scotland will open against a qualifier and could face 16th-seeded American John Isner in the fourth round. The fourth round could also feature a matchup between seventh-seeded former French Open finalist David Ferrer and ninth-seeded U.S. Open champ Marin Cilic.

The Aussie Open runner-up Murray could face Ferrer or Cilic in the quarterfinals and Djokovic in the semis.

In addition to Federer and Wawrinka, the bottom half of the draw also features fifth-seeded U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori, who will open against Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu and could meet fourth-seeded former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych in the quarters.

Nishikori could meet the Wimbledon runner-up Federer or Wawrinka in the semis.

There are only four men in the draw who have reached a French Open final -- Djokovic, Federer, Nadal and Ferrer.

The '15 French Open will get underway Sunday in Paris.