Andy Murray: French Open qualifier for Briton

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Andy Murray plays down French Open chances
French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 24 May - 7 June
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Britain's Andy Murray will play Argentine qualifier Facundo Arguello in his opening match at the French Open.

The 28-year-old Scot, seeded third, was drawn in the same half as nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and top seed Novak Djokovic.

British number two Aljaz Bedene faces Austria's Dominic Thiem in round one.

Top seed Serena Williams will play a qualifier and British number one Heather Watson plays Mathilde Johansson.

The main interest in the draw was where Nadal would land after his fall to sixth in the seedings, and it resulted in a potential blockbuster quarter-final against Djokovic.

Nadal has beaten the Serb for the last three years running at Roland Garros, including two finals, but Djokovic is on a 22-match winning streak as he targets the one major title he has yet to win.

Andy Murray's potential route to the final
Round one: Facundo Arguello (Argentina, ranking 139)
Round two: Vasek Pospisil (Canada, ranking 51)
Round three: Nick Kyrgios (Australia, seeding 29)
Round four: John Isner (US, seeding 16)
Quarter-final: David Ferrer (Spain, seeding 7)
Semi-final: Novak Djokovic (Serbia, seeding 1) / Rafael Nadal (Spain, seeding 6)
Final: Roger Federer (Switzerland, seeding 2)

The only time the pair have met as early as the quarter-finals was the first of their six meetings in Paris, nine years ago.

"It's strange because it didn't happen (for a long time) but at the end of the day, I have four matches before (the quarter-finals) to arrive at that match," said the Spaniard, who opens against Frenchman Quentin Halys.

"I need to be ready for that first round. I am ready to fight again and we will see."

Murray arrives in Paris with a 10-0 record on clay this year, having won his first title on the surface in Munich and then beating Nadal to win in Madrid.

Maria Sharapova
Defending champion Maria Sharapova will play Estonia's Kaia Kanepi in the first round

He could meet seventh seed David Ferrer in the last eight and either Djokovic or Nadal in the semis.

Djokovic plays Finland's Jarkko Nieminen in the first round, while second seed Roger Federer begins against qualifier Alejandro Falla on the opposite half of the draw.

Women's defending champion Maria Sharapova will play Estonia's Kaia Kanepi and the Russian was not looking any further ahead.

"I just focus on the first round," said Sharapova, who won the Italian Open title on Sunday.

"It was a great week to have under my belt, there's no doubt it's always good to come into a Slam with that confidence."

Watson will face Sloane Stephens or Venus Williams in the second round if she gets past Johansson, while Serena Williams could meet Victoria Azarenka as early as round three.

Britons Kyle Edmund and Jo Konta both won their matches in the final round of qualifying on Friday and will make their debuts in the main draw.

Analysis: BBC Sport tennis correspondent Russell Fuller
Djokovic and Nadal have not contested a quarter-final for over eight years: it's a thrilling prospect for everyone watching, but won't be appreciated by either player who might have to face Murray in a semi-final just 48 hours later.
Murray will have to overcome some awkward opponents to get that far, but the draw could have been far unkinder to him. Federer and Wawrinka should also be optimistic about their chances of reaching the last eight, where they may well play each other.
Heather Watson has an excellent opportunity to line up a shot at either Venus Williams or Sloane Stephens in the second round. Serena Williams has less to smile about, though, as she might have to beat Victoria Azarenka, her older sister, and Caroline Wozniacki just to get to the semi-finals.

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