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Andy Murray was drawn against a qualifier in Paris.

Andy Murray facing qualifier in opening round of French Open

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Andy Murray will play a qualifier in the first round of the French Open.

The 29-year-old is seeded second at Roland Garros for the first time and is in the opposite half to both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, who could meet in the semi-finals.

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Should the draw follow the seedings, Murray would meet fifth seed Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals and defending champion Stan Wawrinka in the last four.

Djokovic, who would become the first man since 1969 to hold all four slam titles at the same time should he win a first French Open crown, will play Lu Yen-hsun in round one.

Nine-time champion Nadal was drawn in a tough quarter and will meet Australian Sam Groth first up.

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The other two British players in the men's draw, Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund, both joined Murray in drawing qualifiers.

British women's number one Johanna Konta, in her first slam as a seed, was drawn against German Julia Goerges.

Laura Robson, playing under a protected ranking following her wrist problems, was given a tough first-round opponent in former semi-finalist Andrea Petkovic.

Heather Watson and Naomi Broady were both handed American opposition, with Broady, making her main-draw debut at a slam outside Wimbledon, facing Coco Vandeweghe, while Watson will take on Nicole Gibbs.

Women's top seed and defending champion Serena Williams will start against Magdalena Rybarikova and looks to have the tougher half of the draw.

Victoria Azarenka is a potential quarter-final opponent while third seed Angelique Kerber, who beat Williams to win the Australian Open, could play the American in the last four.

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Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic
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Andy Murray

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