The draw for tennis event at the 2016 Rio Olympics has been made. It sees Rafael Nadal drawn in the first round against Argentine Federico Delbonis.
Rafa leads head-to-head series 3-0 agaisnt Delbonis and will be confident of securing a second round match-up against the winner of the clash between Andreas Seppi and Illya Marchenko.
If Rafa is to win gold for Spain then he will most likely need to beat both Djokovic and Murray. Only ten of the world’s Top 20 men are playing singles.
Rafa’s potential route to the final:
- Round 1: Federico Delbonis
- Round 2: Andreas Seppi or Illya Marchenko
- Round 3: Gilles Simon
- Quarter final: David Goffin
- Semi final: Novak Djokovic
- Final: Andy Murray
- Novak Djokovic vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
- Rafael Nadal vs David Goffin
- Kei Nishikori vs Gael Monfils
- Andy Murray vs David Ferrer
In the doubles – which sees him seeded sixth with Marc Lopez – he will face Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer in the first round.
Good luck & Vamos Rafa!