Whoever emerges from the top section of the draw is likely to face either German 12th seed Angelique Kerber or another local favourite in Caroline Garcia in the quarter-finals.
Australian Nick Kyrgios, who has not played singles for over a month owing to an elbow injury, is also in this section of the draw and he will face either a qualifier or a lucky loser in his first match.US Open semi-finalist Pablo Carreno Busta could await the 23-year-old in the third round.Garcia, the seventh seed, starts against Duan Ying-ying and is projected to face Kerber in the fourth round.The leading name in the third quarter of the draw is third seed and 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza, who will start her bid for a second Roland Garros crown against fellow former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.Former US Open champion and third seed Marin Cilic is the leading name in the second quarter of the draw; he will start against Australian James Duckworth, who has a protected ranking owing to numerous injuries he has suffered over the past two years.
Now the highest Brit in the continued absence of Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund, the 16th seed, also starts against an Australian, in the form of wildcard Alex de Minaur.
The Argentine’s potential fourth round opponents include ninth seed John Isner, and former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych, who defeated him in the third round at the Australian Open in January (del Potro, however, did defeat him in their most recent French Open meeting in 2012).
We now move down to the bottom half of the draw, and the third quarter, where eighth seed David Goffin will start against Robin Haase, with local favourite Gael Monfils looming as his potential third round opponent.
Cilic’s biggest threat to reaching his first French Open final comes in the form of another former US Open champion in Juan Martin del Potro, whose seeding of fifth is his highest at a major since the 2014 Australian Open.
del Potro starts against Nicholas Mahut, who will be competing on a record 12th Grand Slam wildcard and eighth at Roland Garros.
Should the 31-year-old reach the quarter-finals, as he has done on every occasion since his debut in 2005 with the exceptions of 20, sixth seed Kevin Anderson could loom in what would be their first meeting at a major since last year’s US Open final.