Madrid Open Draw 2018: Will Rafael Nadal triumph in Madrid for a sixth time?

The draw for the Madrid Open was performed today.

After a first-round bye, Rafael Nadal will face the winner of the match between Gael Monfils and a qualifier. The world No. 1 could face Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round, prior to a quarter-final against last year’s runner-up Dominic Thiem.

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Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Bye
  • 2nd round: Gael Monfils
  • 3rd round: Pablo Carreno Busta or Borna Coric
  • Quarter-final: Dominic Thiem
  • Semi-final: Juan Martin del Potro
  • Final: Alexander Zverev or Grigor Dimitrov
If the men play to seed the quarter-final line up will be:
  • Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem
  • Juan Martin del Potro vs Kevin Anderson
  • David Goffin vs Grigor Dimitrov
  • John Isner vs Alexander Zverev

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Rafa is 45-7 lifetime in Madrid, with title runs in 2008, 2010, 2013-14 and 2017, in addition to runner-up finishes in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2015.



  1. 😍🙏🏻☀️🏆👍🏻

    VAMOS Rafa and GOOD luck!! 🎾💪🏼🥇🍀😘

    Would like to recomment this video:

    “Rafael Nadal – Top 20 BEST Points of his Career” 👍🏻

    Proofs why Rafa is the king of tennis 🎾💪🏼👑
    – Truly outstanding – Love it! 😍😃👏🏻:

  2. OLA OLA OLA OLA OLA & VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) ; ) : ) ; ) : ) : ) : )
    Congratulations on all your Beautiful Tennis and solid victories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ): ) Very happy for you and VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: ) : ): ) : ) : ) : ) Have a great time in Madrid & enjoy everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) Enjoy your evening & a beautiful time on the tour !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) ; ) : ) : ) : ) : ) We love you dear Rafa & sending lots of love & happiness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXOXO

  3. Madrid is the clay court tournament which always gives Rafa the most problems due to the altitude which affects his game. He has won it six times but that does not match his results from Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
    Strange to say he has problems because of only six wins – that highlights his utter dominance on this surface.!!
    Yes, he won last year and,yes, we all hope he wins this year, especially since a loss would result in Federer re-gaining the top spot.
    But whatever happens Rafa will always be the most successful clay player ever. As for the number 1 ranking, when Wimbledon comes around it will be Federer who has all the pressure to protect his points and we could see Rafa as number 1 again should he play well and Roger does not win the tournament.
    Time will tell.
    But for now, best of luck in Madrid, Rafa. We know you will give your best. It is the only way you know how to play.

    • Rafa won Madrid back-to-back 2013-14. I too am hoping for a 2017-18 double. He is the ONLY male to have won it consecutively. He is also the only won to have been runner-up three times making him the only one with 8 MMO trophies.

      WTA world No. 1 Simona Halep is trying for her third consecutive win. She told the press she always arrives in Madrid at least five days ahead of the tournament because of the various adverse conditions.

      MMO sounds as if it should be a Slam instead of a Masters. Likely not to happen but just a thought.


  4. I don’t recall who the fan is that stated the “ATP is in trouble”. I stumbled across the following paragraph from an ATP press release. The entire press release can be found on the ATP site.

    Title of Press Release: ATP ANNOUNCES 2019 ATP WORLD TOUR SCHEDULE

    “The announcement of the 2019 calendar comes on the back of a record-breaking year for the ATP World Tour in 2017. More than 4.5 million fans attended ATP Tour tournaments last season, an all time-record, while 995 million fans tuned into the action on television and online.”

    My position was that fans of tennis and fans of new players coming in would sustain the ATP. At the time, I didn’t any information to support my position.


  5. Rafa will have his eyes firmly focused on the prize. I can”t see anyone stopping him! Good luck champ!

  6. Rafa all the best for your Madrid tournament.

    All the best to Monfills for getting his back healthy, and his racquets,

    Love and prayers,


  7. Yes, Rafa is determined and has his mind focused on one match at a time. Same as when he played the Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Good Luck to Rafa, I know he can win this.
    Looking for his 78th and 32nd ATP 1000 Masters Title.


  8. Rafa may not play Monfils for many reasons.

    Monfils is returning from a back injury and has not competed for about two months. He will have to beat a qualifier in R1 to reach Rafa in R2.

    All of Monfils’s racquets were destroyed in transit from Berne to Munich on April 28, according to Monfils.

    Monfils lost in R1 to a qualifier in Munich this week in which he had to use someone else’s racquet.

    Really bad luck. I hope he is over his injury and that he gets his own racquets.


  9. Good luck Rafa 🔥🎾😇 Gold Coast Australia 🇦🇺 Sent from my iPhone


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