The bet-at-home Open German Tennis Championships draw is out. Top seed Rafael Nadal will face fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the first round.
Seeds in Rafa’s half are Andreas Seppi (No.4), Pablo Cuevas (No.5), and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (No.7).
Seeds in the bottom half of the draw are Roberto Bautista Agut (No.3), Fabio Fognini (No.8), Juan Monaco (No.6), and Tommy Robredo (No.2).
“I’m playing here because I lost more matches in the past 6 months than in the past 10 years. My body asked for more matches,” Rafa said in a pre-tournament press conference.
Rafa won the Hamburg title in 2008, beating Roger Federer in the final.
Rafa will also compete in the doubles draw together with young countryman Jaume Munar. They will open their campaign against the Italian duo of Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli.
All the best of luck in the world to you, Rafa!