Rafael Nadal: ‘My French Open draw is hard enough to be thinking about anyone else’s’

Rafael Nadal says he is ‘not worried’ about being in the same half of the draw as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer at the French Open.

Due to their dominance of the tennis rankings, at least two of the three have tended to be kept apart in tournaments until the final due to the seeding system.

This year, though, Daniil Medvedev has split Nadal and Djokovic in the world rankings and Federer has fallen – though not as far as he should have done – due to injury.

Nadal, though, says he can only focus on his own path in Paris, and that is looking far too tough to have time to worry about anyone else’s.

“I see it as natural,” Nadal told reporters in Paris. “One player is almost 40 [Federer], another is almost 35 [Nadal] and the other is 34 [Djokovic],” Nadal said in a pre-tournament interview.

“It seems logical that younger players climb in the rankings. Whenever that happens you have these consequences [with the seedings]. I see it as completely normal.

“I’m not worried about it. I have a lot of work in front of me to play a potential match versus Djokovic [in the semi-finals]. They [Djokovic and Federer] would need to play each other and I have my own path.

“My path right now is [Alexei] Popyrin and that’s where my mind is. My draw is hard enough to be thinking about anything else.

“I must continue my preparation, focus on my routines and keep advancing in the way we want.”

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