Roger Federer makes Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic claim ahead of French Open draw

As the top two seeds in the tournament, Nadal and Djokovic will be placed in separate halves.

It means Federer will likely have to beat both men if he is to claim the 21st Grand Slam title of his career.

The world No 3 has not competed at Roland Garros since 2015 and does not think he should be considered a favourite for the title.

He believes only Nadal and Djokovic will be able to lift the trophy – or maybe fourth seed Dominic Thiem.

“At the best of five sets, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic are very hard to beat,” Federer told TV Magazine.

“This is why no one has beaten Novak in the last three Grand Slams.

“Of course, he will be the big favourite.

“As will Rafa who will defend his title or Dominic Thiem who beat me in Madrid.”

Federer says he has set more realistic goals of just getting to the second week.

“I will be happy if I win a few games and spend at least the first week,” he added.

“I will give my best!”

Federer also explained how he is excited to be back in action in Paris.

“It’s happiness! I am both happy and a little tense because I do not know what it will give,” he said.

“But I have a lot of fun playing again on clay and Roland Garros really missed me.

“I really wanted to play and see the fans again.

“I really hope to spend a few laps to enjoy the atmosphere with the audience.”

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