Rafael Nadal given tough Indian Wells draw

The first of nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments of the season, the BNP Paribas Open, gets underway at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Thursday.

After his first-round bye, three-time former champion Rafael Nadal is slated to meet either Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller or Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic in the second round and could run into his Australian Open conqueror, countryman Fernando Verdasco, in the third round.

Photo: Maria Noble for Tennis View Magazine
Photo: Maria Noble for Tennis View Magazine


Rafa is seeded to face Gilles Simon and Kei Nishikori before the semi-finals, where Novak Djokovic could await.

Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Stan Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet all feature in the opposite side of the draw.

Projected quarterfinals:

  • Novak Djokovic vs Tsonga
  • Rafael Nadal vs Kei Nishikori
  • Stan Wawrinka vs Richard Gasquet
  • Andy Murray vs Tomas Berdych

Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Bye
  • 2nd round: Gilles Muller or Victor Estrella Burgos
  • 3rd round: Fernando Verdasco
  • 4th round: Gilles Simon
  • Quarter-final: Kei Nishikori
  • Semi-final: Novak Djokovic
  • Final: Andy Murray or Stan Wawrinka

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Good luck, Rafa! Vamos!

Source: ATP World Tour


  1. I just like to say from the bottom of my heart we just have to respect our Player Rafael… ❤️⭐️🇪🇸🎾🏆👍💋☺️

  2. That’s tough draw? Seriously? What do you guys want?? Like that Rio Open or Buenos Aires?
    This is a Master 1000 tournament duh.

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