Six-times champion Rafa Nadal [ Images ] was given a smooth-looking path to the French Open [ Images ] final while world number one Novak Djokovic [ Images ] and Roger Federer [ Images ] looked set for a possible semi-final clash in the other half of the draw made on Friday.
The Spanish second seed, who appeared to be back to his awe-inspiring best on clay in Rome earlier this month after an unfortunate slip-up on the Madrid blue surface, could face Briton Andy Murray [ Images ] in the semi-finals.
The defending champion will need, however, to keep up his guard in a first-round encounter with Italian Simone Bolelli before a likely match against claycourt specialist Juan Monaco of Argentina in the third round.
Sixth seed David Ferrer of Spain also lies in Nadal's lower half of the draw, as does compatriot Nicolas Almagro, the 12th seed.
Djokovic, looking to become the first man in 43 years to hold all four grand-slam titles concurrently, faces a possible tricky fourth round against Spain's Fernando Verdasco [ Images ], while local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the fifth seed, would be around the corner in the quarter-finals.
Djokovic, who was defeated by Nadal in the Rome final in straight sets, will start his campaign against Italy [ Images ]'s Potito Starace.
Federer, the third seed, could take on David Nalbandian [ Images ], twice a semi-finalist at Roland Garros [ Images ], in the second round as the injury-plagued Argentine has dropped to 40th in the ATP rankings.
Federer, who reached last year's final after an epic semi-final clash with Djokovic, starts his quest for a 17th grand-slam title against German Tobias Kamke.
The French Open starts on Sunday.