Citi Open Draw: Rafael Nadal begins his quest for title No.100

The Citi Open 2021 draw is out.

In his Washington D.C. debut, Rafael Nadal will face the winner between Jack Sock and Yoshihito Nishioka, with a potential third-round match against Lloyd Harris. 

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Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Bye
  • 2nd round: Jack Sock or Yoshihito Nishioka
  • 3rd round: Lloyd Harris
  • Quarter-final: Cameron Norrie
  • Semi-final: Grigor Dimitrov
  • Final: Felix Auger-Aliassime, Jannik Sinner or Alex de Minaur

If the men play to seed the quarter-final line up will be:

  • (1) Nadal vs. Norrie (7)
  • (4) Dimitrov vs. Evans (6)
  • (5) Sinner vs. de Minaur (3)
  • (8) Opelka vs. Auger-Aliassime (2)

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Rafa’s accepted a wild-card entry into the 2021 Citi Open and seeks to earn a career milestone – his 100th ATP Tour title – in Washington D.C. With 88 singles and 11 doubles titles to his iconic name, Rafa’s early Citi Open practice sessions on Saturday and Sunday will be open to fans. 

The Citi Open represents the first tournament in Rafa’s run-up to the US Open, which he has won four times (2010, 2013, 2017, 2019). A fifth US Open title in September would elevate Rafa to the top of the list of all-time Grand Slam singles championships, breaking the tie he currently holds with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.



  1. So pleased that Rafa is back playing . And this comes off watching Djokevic lose 2 consecutive matches that he 2anted badly . I am a believer and this N.America tour can be just what Rafa needs to reclaim his dominance and the #1 ranking and of course the 21st Slam with a victory in the US Open . Yes , I am a believer and really it’s a confidence game for Rafa as his potential and game is already affirmed .Vamos let’s do it !

    • JT – I agree with your assessment. Please indulge mine.

      Many comments are made about Nole’s attitude and racket-smashing ways. For the most part I agree, those actions are less than mature.

      That said, the most disturbing actions in Novak’s loss to PCB was Nole’s quit. He quit.

      Roger would never quit. Our Rafa would NEVER quit. When ranking the best ever, “quitting” is a big fat sign of mental weakness.

      And please, spare me the notion that Joker was tired. It was HIS decision to do this.

      Vamos Rafa! PS Do you have any extra tickets for me to watch you?

      • Kirk, I also find his lack of respect, fair play, and empathy quite galling. As a 20-time Grand Slam champion that’s the record but as a person he’s a big nothing.

  2. Good luck my Champ, looking forward to see u back on court, we mic u, bring back the trophy and make us proud, hey Mimi Lau enjoy each and every minute ur in there, hope the atmosphere will bring u happiness and enjoy watching Rafa live

    • Thank you Thembani!🙏 Rafa practiced with Sebi this evening, just ended. What a treat! I like Sebi as well.🤗

  3. Sweet victory by Elina Svitolina in the bronze medal match after losing the 1st set 6-1.
    Congratulations Mme. Monfils!

  4. Disgusting but not surprising behaviour from the world number one, couldn’t be happier to know that it was another Spaniard to stop him taking home an Olympic Medal, Rafa’s turn next to destroy his dreams😃

    • May its also appropriate that Djokovic lost to the Spaniard that had him on the ropes at the U.S. Open last year when he was disqualified. I think Pablo.had him on the brink of a tie break then.

      • From all corners of the globe, the Twitter accounts that I follow are letting everyone know of his despicable on-court behavior. He will also be remembered as a loser!

  5. Djokovic has withdrawn from the mixed doubles, citing a left shoulder injury. So Barty and Peers ane the bronze medalists – well done to them!

    Obviously, Djokovic didn’t have the apetite for the fight, just to come away with a bronze medal in the mixed either. My sympathy goes to his mixed doubles partner who was denied the opportunity of a medal.

    His team tried to discourage him from entering the mixed doubles, saying he needed to focus soleky on the singles, but he was too determined and hungry to capture the best of everything. In the ebd, his desperation, arrogance and lack of humility were his undoing. Perhaps he should take a leaf out of Rafa’s personality book!!

    • Maybe he has got an injury, but I watched his match against PCB and he didn’t look injured. Very sorry for Nina Stojanovic, who’s missed out on the chance of a bronze medal. I wasn’t at all impressed with Nole today: I know it must be hard to contain your frustration sometimes, but you can’t go chucking rackets around like a toddler having a tantrum.

  6. 1–1 in the 89th minute in quarterfinal of Olympic futbol. Ivory Coast scores in 91st minute. Rafa Mir enters in 91st minute and scores tying goal in 91st minute! Rafa Mir records hat trick and Espana wins 5-2. Rafa Nadal, time to take on the East Coast and do the same: Score winners!

  7. HAHA Djoker’s true colours always find a way to shine through. Throwing and smashing racquets when things don’t go well for him… what’s new? Ugh…

    Well done to Zverev and Carreno Busta for showing that Djoker can be humbled.

  8. Congratulations Pablo! 🥉🇪🇸
    I had a feeling he would do something at the Games. Playing well coming in to the tournament and without the presence of either Rafa or RBA, he had a chance to shine and is rewarded with the bronze medal. Very happy for him.

  9. So no medal for Djokovic at the Olympics. I guess he’s going to be determined, more than ever, to come back stronger and win his 21st.

    Hope all the others especially our Rafa have more confidence to beat him.

    Good luck Rafa for all your upcoming matches especially the US. But step by step, ball by ball. 😊


  10. Rafalein, so happy that you are fit to play. Looking forward to seeing you play and win.

    Love you!!!


  11. Congratulations to Pablo CB who secured a well deserved bronze medal against Djokovic. The player who wanted the win more, was victorious!

  12. Rafa looking forward so much to Wednesday. We are starving to see you. Hope your foot injury has fully recovered and Buena Suerte Rafa @ Citi

  13. Rafa, I know you’ve been working hard on your backhand. Here’s hoping you rediscover your form in the lead up to the USO. Enjoy the challenge in Washington DC and good luck.

  14. From The Canaries, wishing you much fun, good Luck, in order to get The One Hundred (100) Titel, with an enormous sportly Hug, C. Javier – P.S.- I wrot to your foundation just in case you´ll be able to donate for Kids and elderly People in need in Uganda. In advance Many Thank ´s Rafa

  15. Rafa we are so happy you are ready to play tennis in the USA all the best luck in this tournament vamosssssss Rafa 💪💪💪💪🎾🇺🇸👍

  16. Anne- the Tennis Channel will have it in the U.S. I’m not sure where else the Tennis Channel is available or which other networks might carry it. Go Rafa!

  17. Knowing Raphael is in the United States feels good. Oh what I would give to see my tennis hero in person! Good luck and Vamos, RAFA!!!

    • Love you Rafa! So glad you are here! I will be with you always…
      Just have fun and keep playing..

    • It will be televised on subscription based It’s commercial free, which I love.
      Vamos and all the best to our dear Rafa.

  18. Good luck Rafa. I hope you win the trophy and have fun doing it. Get into the groove for Toronto.


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