Murray in Nadal's half

  • Last Updated: May 23 2014, 14:46 BST

Andy Murray has been placed in the same half as Rafael Nadal in the French Open draw.

Andy Murray: Plays Golubev in the first round
Andy Murray: Plays Golubev in the first round

Murray avoided the two big favourites - Nadal and Novak Djokovic - in his quarter and is instead seeded to face Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka in the last eight.

Murray was hammered by Wawrinka at last year's US Open but put a better fight in his most recent meeting with Nadal, losing 7-5 in the final set of their quarter-final in Rome last week.

The Wimbledon champion will open his campaign against Andrey Golubev, of Kazakhstan, with the winner facing Dustin Brown or Marinko Matosevic. His first seeded opponent is due to be Philipp Kohlschreiber in the last 32 with Richard Gasquet possibly awaiting in the fourth round.

Murray beat world number 55 Golubev 6-1 6-1 in their only previous meeting six years ago but they have never met on clay. The Kazakh should be considered a dangerous foe - he beat Wawrinka in the Davis Cup earlier this season.

Nadal, winner of a record eight titles at Roland Garros, opens his title defence against American wild card Robby Ginepri and could meet rising Austrian star Dominic Thiem in round two.

He is seeded to face David Ferrer in the quarter-finals. Ferrer upset Nadal in Monte Carlo earlier this season.

Another man to beat Nadal on clay this season - Nicolas Almgaro - could also lie in wait for the defending champion in the last 16, so the top seed's draw looks a tricky one.

Int he bottom half of the draw, Djokovic is seeded to face Roger Federer in the semi-finals. The Serb opens against Portugal's Joao Sousa with Marin Cilic a dangerous potential opponent in round three. He is due to meet Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals. The pair met in the last four in Rome last week, with Djokovic winning in a final set.

Federer starts against Lukas Lacko and is seeded to face Tomas Berdych in the last eight. Ernests Gulbis is potential danger to the 2009 champion in the last 16.

The main-draw action in Paris gets under way on Sunday.