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French Open 2022: From Djokovic vs Nishioka to Nadal vs Thompson – 5 first round matches to watch out for at Rolland Garros returns – Check out

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French Open 2022– Top 5 first-round matches – The 2022 French Open will kick start on Sunday, May 22 as top players from both men’s and women’s will compete to win the second Grand Slam of the year. While Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will be the top players to watch out for, Daniil Medvedev and Naomi Osaka will be the other ones. Follow All French Open 2022 Live Updates and Score on InsideSport.IN.

InsideSport takes a look at the five first-round matches to watch out for. And two of them will be hoping to bounce back. Naomi Osaka and Daniil Medvedev are on a comeback trail while Rafael Nadal will be looking to shrug off the disappointments of Madrid Open.

French Open 2022: From Djokovic vs Nishioka to Nadal vs Thompson – 5 first round matches to watch out for at Rolland Garros returns – Check out

French Open 2022: From Djokovic vs Nishioka to Nadal vs Thompson - 5 first round matches to watch out for at Rolland Garros returns - Check out

Naomi Osaka vs Amanda Anisimova

  • Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka will have a stern challenge in her hand when she faces 27th seed Amanda Anisimova in the first round.
  • She already admitted her weakness on clay court and withdrew midway last season due to mental health concerns.
  • The Japanese star has been struggling with injuries and fatigue in recent times but is well capable of winning the whole thing at the French Open.
  • Interestingly Naomi has never gone past the third round and Amanda Anisimova could be another potential tough challenger.
  • A defeat for either will still end as an upset as Naomi’s experience and Anisimova’s talent will clash in the opening round.

French Open 2022: From Djokovic vs Nishioka to Nadal vs Thompson – 5 first round matches to watch out for at Rolland Garros returns – Check out

Daniil Medvedev vs Facundo Bagnis

  • The match will mark the return of Daniil Medvedev on the Grand Slam court after he underwent hernia surgery and is geared up for the challenge against Facundo Bagnis.
  • Apart from his personal issue the match will be significant considering Russia’s ban by different sports organizations.
  • This will be Daniil’s first match at a Grand Slam after the Russia and Ukraine war and will represent under neutral flag.
  • For Facunda Bagnis this will be a free hit and can give a big crowd upset if he manages to pull a win.

French Open 2022: From Djokovic vs Nishioka to Nadal vs Thompson – 5 first round matches to watch out for at Rolland Garros returns – Check out

Kaia Kanepi vs Garbiñe Muguruza

  • The first round encounter will be a big one in the women’s draw as former World No.15 will face off the 2016 champion Garbiñe Muguruza .
  • Considering the talent and experience on the court, the encounter can be a potential upset.
  • Kaia is a former quarter-finalist while Muguruza with two Grand Slam titles can be worth a watch.
  • While the Estonian Kanepi is unseeded, Muguruza is seeded No.10 at the Rolland Garros.

French Open 2022: From Djokovic vs Nishioka to Nadal vs Thompson – 5 first round matches to watch out for at Rolland Garros returns – Check out

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Rafael Nadal vs  Jordan Thompson

  • Rafael Nadal will be eyeing a 14th French Open title this year as Jordan Thompson will stand in his way in the first round.
  • Considering Nadal’s early 2022 form and a potential title on hand the pressure of expectations could come back to bite him.
  • Jordan Thompson though will look at this as a free hit and will try to get the best of Nadal.
  • The Spaniard is seeded fifth for the tournament while his opponent Thompson will serve as a potential banana skin for him.
  • With injury still a concern, the King of Clay will have a tough outing at Roland Garros.

French Open 2022: From Djokovic vs Nishioka to Nadal vs Thompson – 5 first-round matches to watch out for at Rolland Garros returns – Check out

Novak Djokovic vs Yoshihito Nishioka

  • Novak Djokovic on in individual terms will be eying a fifth straight Grand Slam final while he was missing from the Australian Open and standing in his way in the first round will be
  • Novak recently won his first title of 2022 and will have his eyes on his third title in Rome
  • The Japanese star has the potential for an upset but Djokovic and his experience could come handy and play a big part.
  • The encounter will be Novak’s first at a Grand Slam since losing the US Open final in 2021 to Daniil Medvedev.

French Open 2022: From Djokovic vs Nishioka to Nadal vs Thompson – 5 first round matches to watch out for at Rolland Garros returns – Check out

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