The draw was performed today in Beijing. World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has been drawn to face Lucas Pouille in the first round of the China Open. He could face big-serving John Isner in the quarterfinals.
Our champ is 56-9 on the year, and is chasing his 75th tour-level title.
Rafa’s potential route to the final:
- 1st round: Lucas Pouille
- 2nd round: Karen Kachanov
- Quarter-final: John Isner
- Semi-final: Grigor Dimitrov
- Final: Alexander Zverev
- Rafael Nadal vs John Isner
- Grigor Dimitrov vs Roberto Bautista Agut
- Nick Kyrgios vs Pablo Carreno Busta
- Tomas Berdych vs Alexander Zverev
Rafa won this hard-court tournament, part of the ATP Tour’s late-season Asian swing, as a teenager in 2005 and reached the final in 2013 and 2015.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!