Nadal, against Auger or Shapovalov and avoid the more difficult side of the draw with Federer and Djokovic

Nadal was lucky in the drawing of the male box to fall in the sector more 'friendly'. Kohlschreiber, Medvedev, Nishikori, Zverev or Tsitsipas, on their possible road to the final.

The draw for the men's Mutua Madrid Open, which starts this Sunday, smiled at Rafa Nadal, who will travel the more 'friendly' side, far from the mortal sector that will go, among others, Djokovic, Federer, Thiem, Del Potro, Cilic, Dimitrov, Kyrgios and Fognini. The number two in the world will debut (Wednesday?) In the second round against the winner of the duel of emerging stars of Canada between Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov. If it advances, in the eighths the German Philipp Kohlschreiber could expect him; in quarters, the Japanese Kei Nishikori and in the semifinals, the German Alexander Zverev or the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, before a hypothetical final against Djokovic or Federer, which could be measured in the semifinals.

Djokovic, number one in the world and first seed, will have a difficult start, most likely against Grigor Dimitrov, then Schwartzman, Kyrgios, Del Potro and Federer would wait for him before the title match. The Swiss, on his return to the dirt tracks and to Madrid, could start against Davidovich, if the Spaniard, last minute guest and semifinalist in Estoril, wins before the French Richard Gasquet. After, on his horizon would be Goffin, Fognini and Thiem.

As for the rest of Spaniards, bad news for the clash in the first round between David Ferrer, who is definitely fired professional tennis at Mutua, and Roberto Bautista, semifinalist in Munich. "It was not the duel we would have liked for David," said tournament director Feliciano López. Pablo Carreño will make his debut against a rival from the previous one, on Djokovic's side; for the other sector, Fernando Verdasco will be with the Moldovan Radu Albot and Jaume Munar will have a strong opponent in the Russian Karen Khachanov. "It is obvious that it will be a complicated match, but it is a spectacular picture. with great confidence and I am a totally different player from the one that participated here last year since the qualy ", said the Spaniard, who attended the raffle with Manolo Santana.

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