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Unfortunately for Rafael Nadal, the French Open draw didn't make things easy.

Fortunately, though, he is back in top form as he starts his quest for a 10th title at Roland Garros.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion was drawn in the same half as defending champion Novak Djokovic, Milos Raonic and up-and-coming Dominic Thiem on Friday.

In addition, the fourth-seeded Nadal will also need to deal with the talented and unpredictable Benoit Paire in the first round.

"I know I need to be ready since the beginning, because I have a tough opponent in the first round," Nadal said. "So I am focused on trying to work the right way."