Mercedes Cup Draw: Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic are the top seeds in Stuttgart

To open the grass season, Rafael Nadal will compete at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart next week.

Our champ won the title twice when the tournament was staged on clay, in 2006 (d. Gaudio) and 2007 (d. Wawrinka), and has a 13-2 event record.


Seeded as No. 1, Rafa will face the winner of a match between Lukas Rosol and Marcos Baghdatis after his first round bye.

Seeds in Rafa’s half are Gael Monfils, Bernard Tomic, and Philipp Kohlschreiber. Seeds in the bottom half of the draw include Marin Cilic, Feliciano Lopez, Dominic Thiem, and Viktor Troicki.

To our delight Rafa will also compete in the doubles draw together with Feliciano Lopez. They will open their campaign against Tommy Haas and Radek Stepanek.

Good luck and Vamos Rafa!


  1. Good Luck in the tournament keep positive and positive results will come with your hard work !

  2. You took the words out of my mouth Jean Palmer, well spoken! God bless you Rafa n be with you in Stuttgart. Vamoose Rafa my boy. Love your Aussie Nana. 😀😊

  3. Doubles is a great idea…brings out the best working relations ….also boosts the morale. Your morale appears well intact but partnership games allow for more exchange between good frinds. Lopez may be as good as a tonic. Good Luck to you both. You have so many followers around the world. Rafa who appreciate you for so much more than tennis skills. You are a great person that has brightened lives like mine. Hard to explain….I think it is a sincerity that shines through your great smile and love of life. Cherish that always and continue to make every day count . You matter to so many of us. Friends at The Winnipeg Fan Club, Manitoba,Canada. Jean Palmer

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