The Indian Wells draw was performed today.
Three-time champion (2007, 2009, 2013) Rafael Nadal returns to Indian Wells as the No. 4 seed with a 54-10 record in the desert.
He is the second seed and will open his campaign against Sebastian Korda or a qualifer. It is well known that Rafa is Korda’s idol, and they practiced together in the main stadium on Tuesday.
Rafa could face Denis Shapovalov in the round of 16, Casper Ruud or Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals, and top-seed Daniil Medvedev in the semis, if the seeds hold.
Novak Djokovic has entered the Indian Wells draw, but it isn’t clear if he will play (as of now he cannot enter the United States as an unvaccinated foreigner).
- Daniil Medvedev vs Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Rafael Nadal vs Casper Ruud
- Matteo Berrettini vs Alexander Zverev
- Andrey Rublev vs Novak Djokovic
Rafa’s potential route to the final:
- 1st round: Bye
- 2nd round: Sebastian Korda
- 3rd round: Daniel Evans
- 4th round: Denis Shapovalov
- Quarter-final: Casper Ruud
- Semi-final: Daniil Medvedev
- Final: Novak Djokovic
Rafa made at least the semi-finals in eight consecutive appearances at Indian Wells from 2006-13. The lefty has tallied a 54-10 record at the Masters 1000 event, and the 35-year-old will try to claim a record-tying 37th crown at this level.
Good luck, Rafa! Vamos!