The draw for the Mexican Open has been released and Rafael Nadal has to be at his very best if he wants to make a winning return to the ATP circuit after a one-month hiatus.
Our champ begins his campaign against 31-year-old German Mischa Zverev. The top seed has beaten his fellow left-hander in straight sets in two previous FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, including the first round in Acapulco two years ago.
Rafa will face either Nick Kyrgios or Andreas Seppi in the second round, with former World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka and seventh seed Steve Johnson also in his quarter.
Rafa’s potential route to the final:
- 1st round: Mischa Zverev
- 2nd round: Nick Kyrgios
- Quarter-final: Stan Wawrinka
- Semi-final: John Isner
- Final: Alexander Zverev
- Rafael Nadal vs Steve Johnson
- John Isner vs John Millman
- Frances Tiafoe vs Diego Schwartzman
- Alex de Minaur vs Alexander Zverev
The 500-level tournament is played on outdoor hard courts.
Our champ has won 28 of his 30 sets in Acapulco to earn a 14-1 record at the event.
Rafa’s last match was on January 27, against Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP Tour