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Rafael Nadal states he is ‘not worried’ about himself, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer being named in the same half of the French Open. The Spaniard will kick off his title defence against Alexei Popyrin on Sunday as he seeks a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam triumph. Nadal has remarkably won the Rolland Garros on 13 occasions.
“I see it as natural,” said the Spaniard, giving his initial reaction to the draw. “One player is almost 40 [Federer], another is almost 35 [Nadal] and the other is 34 [Djokovic]. It seems logical that younger players climb in the rankings.
“Whenever that happens you have these consequences. 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. They [Djokovic and Federer] would need to play each other and I have my own path.
“My path right now is 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.”