PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal’s first pratice in Beijing

Rafael Nadal has made his way to the China Open and got his first practice there on Saturday.

China Open 2015 Draw: Rafael Nadal starts against Di Wu in Beijing

The China Open draw is out, and Rafael Nadal is the third seed.

He’ll face Chinese wildcard Di Wu, who is ranked 224 in the world, in the first round. If he wins that match, he will play the winner of Vasek Pospisil and Victor Estrella Burgos.

Novak Djokovic is no.1 seed, and Rafa can’t meet him before the finals.

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Photo: China Open

Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Di Wu
  • 2nd round: Vasek Pospisil
  • Quarter-final: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
  • Semi-final: Tomas Berdych
  • Final: Novak Djokovic

Projected quarterfinals:

  • Novak Djokovic vs John Isner
  • David Ferrer vs Milos Raonic
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Rafael Nadal
  • David Goffin vs Tomas Berdych

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PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic meet Thai Prime Minister, visit deadly bomb site

(AFP) Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic spent longer in official engagements than on the court Friday, earlier meeting Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who seized power from an elected government as then-army chief in a military coup last May.

Dressed in traditional Thai silk shirts they also signed a book of well wishing for the hospitalised Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 87, the world’s longest-serving monarch, at the Grand Palace in Bangkok’s historic quarter.

Their Thai tour also included a visit to the Erawan shrine, the downtown site of the deadly August bomb attack that launched a fresh blow to the kingdom’s reputation as a tourism haven after last year’s coup and the anti-government protests which preceded it.

Source: Agence France-Presse

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal Loses To Novak Djokovic In Exhibition Tennis Match In Thailand

(AP) Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were playing a sold-out exhibition match dubbed ”Back to Thailand.” The event was organized by local authorities to boost confidence in the country’s safety after the bombing that left 20 people dead and more than 120 injured.

The Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand, an organizer of the event, said the players would receive a total of 150 million baht ($4.1 million) for coming to Thailand.

Not bad for playing a match that lasted little more than an hour, with Djokovic winning 6-4, 6-2 in front of a full house at the 5,700-seat Hua Mark indoor stadium.

ATP World Tour Awards: Vote for Rafael Nadal

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During the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, which will be held at The O2 in London from 15-22 November, the ATP will announce the winners of the 2015 ATP World Tour Awards.

Rafa has been nominated for the ‘ATP 2015 Fan Favourite Singles’ award. You can vote for him by entering your e-mail address here and choosing his name under Singles category.

Voting for the Fans’ Favourite Awards closes at 11.59pm GMT on Monday, 9 November.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal arrives in Thailand for his exhibition against Novak Djokovic

(AP) Rafael Nadal is in Bangkok for a sold-out exhibition match against Novak Djokovic dubbed “Back to Thailand.”

Before Friday’s match, the two players will get full VIP treatment with an escorted visit to the Grand Palace followed by a meeting with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Seated beside each other at a packed news conference, Rafa was asked if he hoped to get revenge on Nole, who won their last two tour matches at the French Open and in Monte Carlo.

Not really. No, even if I win tomorrow it will not be revenge. It’s an exhibition match. The purpose is to try to play a good match where we have some fun and create good fun for the people. Novak is having an amazing season. I texted him after the U.S. Open but I want to say today in a public way, it’s amazing the way that he’s playing during the whole season. The mental strength and the level of tennis is difficult to equal.

Source: The Associated Press

Where does Rafael Nadal play next? Check out his fall schedule!

Here is Rafael Nadal’s fall schedule:

  • Beijing (China): October 5 – 11
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Photo: China Open
  • Shanghai (China): October 11 – 18
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  • Basel (Switzerland): October 25 – November 1
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EFE/Georgios Kefalas
  • Paris (France): November 2 – 8
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Note that the schedule depends on Rafa’s health and availability, and can change anytime. Stay tuned for more updates in case of schedule changes.

Good luck and Vamos Rafa!