Shanghai Masters 2017: Here’s how Rafael Nadal’s draw is looking

The draw has been made for Shanghai ATP Masters 1000.

Rafael Nadal is top-seeded in Shanghai, where he reached the final in 2009 (l. to Davydenko). The left-hander will face either Jared Donaldson or Pablo Cuevas in the second round, as the top-eight seeds receive opening byes.

Our champ is joined by fourth seed Marin Cilic in the top half of the draw, with second seed Roger Federer projected to face off against third seed Alexander Zverev in the other semifinal.

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Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Bye
  • 2nd round: Pablo Cuevas
  • 3rd round: Fabio Fognini
  • Quarter-final: Grigor Dimitrov
  • Semi-final: Marin Cilic
  • Final: Roger Federer

Projected quarterfinals:

  • Rafael Nadal vs Grigor Dimitrov
  • Marin Cilic vs Pablo Carreno Busta
  • Dominic Thiem vs  Alexander Zverev
  • David Goffin vs Roger Federer

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GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

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China Open Draw 2017: Rafael Nadal Going For Second Beijing Title

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.

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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

Projected quarterfinals:

  • 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.

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GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

US Open draw 2017 announced: Rafael Nadal in same half as Roger Federer

The draw was performed today in New York City. World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has been drawn to face Dusan Lajovic in the first round of the US Open. He could meet No. 26 seed Richard Gasquet in the third round, 15th-seeded Tomas Berdych in the fourth round and No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals.

If Rafa and Roger Federer finally are going to face each other at the U.S. Open for the first time in their long rivalry, it only could happen in the semifinals.

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If it falls per ranking, this would be Rafa’s path to the final:

  • 1st round: Dusan Lajovic
  • 2nd round: Taro Daniel
  • 3rd round: Richard Gasquet
  • 4th round: Tomas Berdych
  • Quarter-final: Grigor Dimitrov
  • Semi-final: Roger Federer
  • Final: Andy Murray

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

  • Rafael Nadal vs. Grigor Dimitrov
  • Roger Federer vs. Dominic Thiem
  • Marin Cilic vs. Alexander Zverev
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Andy Murray

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Rafa is bidding to clinch a 16th grand slam title of his career and his third in the Big Apple. He is seeded No 1 at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2010 after returning to the ATP’s top ranking this week.

Rafa, who has a 46-10 record in New York City, including the 2010 and 2013 crowns, has never lost in the first round of the US Open and last failed to get past the second round 13 years ago, when he lost to Andy Roddick  in 2004.

The tournament starts on Monday.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

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Cincinnati Draw: Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer, who will win the battle for No. 1?

The main draw for the 2017 Cincinnati Masters (Western & Southern Open) was performed today.

Rafael Nadal, the No. 1 seed and current world No. 2, was the tournament winner in Cincinnati in 2013.

Following the first round bye, Rafa will open up against Richard Gasquet or a qualifier in the second round, with possible matchups against No. 16 seed Gilles Muller in the third round and No. 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals.

Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • First round: Bye
  • Second round: Richard Gasquet
  • Third round: Gilles Muller
  • Quarter-final: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or David Goffin
  • Semi-final: Dominic Thiem
  • Final: Roger Federer

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

  • Rafael Nadal vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
  • Dominic Thiem vs. Kei Nishikori
  • Alexander Zverev vs. Milos Raonic
  • Roger Federer vs Grigor Dimitrov

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Rafa and Roger Federer will bid to take over No. 1 in the ATP Rankings. If Roger wins the Rogers Cup title, he will become No. 1 on August 21 with an equal-or-better finish than Rafa in Cincinnati.

Good luck Rafa! VAMOS!!

Rogers Cup 2017 Draw: Nadal-Zverev, Federer-Thiem SFs Slated

The draw for Montreal was performed on Friday afternoon. After a first round bye, Rafael Nadal will play the winner of a match between a qualifier and Borna Coric.  He could face John Isner in the third round, prior to a quarter-final against Milos Raonic.

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Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • First round: Bye
  • Second round: Borna Coric
  • Third round: John Isner or Juan Martin del Potro
  • Quarter-final: Milos Raonic
  • Semi-final: Alexander Zverev
  • Final: Roger Federer

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

  • Rafael Nadal vs. Milos Raonic
  • Alexander Zverev vs. Milos Raonic
  • Dominic Thiem vs. Grigor Dimitrov
  • Roger Federer vs Kei Nishikori

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Rafa has won the Canadian title three times, most recently at Coupe Rogers in 2013.

Our champ needs to reach the semi-finals to return to the top spot in the ATP Rankings. Our champ was last No. 1 in June 2014. He has spent a total of 141 weeks at No. 1.

Good luck Rafa! VAMOS!!

John Millman first up for Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon

The Wimbledon draw is out. Rafael Nadal will play his first competitive match on grass in two years against Australian John Millman. Gilles Muller and Ivo Karlovic are potential fourth-round opponents for our champ, who previously reached the Last 16 in 2014.

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Rafa’s potential path (by seeding) to the final:

  • 1st round: John Millman
  • 2nd round: Donald Young or Denis Istomin
  • 3rd round: Karen Khachanov
  • 4th round: Gilles Muller or Ivo Karlovic
  • Quarter-final: Marin Cilic
  • Semi-final: Andy Murray
  • Final: Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer

Potential Wimbledon 2017 quarter-final draw (if top seeds win through):

  • Andy Murray vs Stan Wawrinka
  • Rafael Nadal vs Marin Cilic
  • Milos Raonic vs Roger Federer
  • Dominic Thiem vs Novak Djokovic

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As you can see, Rafa doesn’t have an easy draw, but it could have been much worse.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Rafael Nadal’s tough draw in quest for French Open No. 10

The French Open draw has been made in Paris and Rafael Nadal faces a major test if he is to claim ‘La Decima’. He has been drawn in the same half of the draw as defending champion Novak Djokovic, Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem.

Rafa will meet Benoit Paire in the first round as he looks to add to his incredible 72-2 record at the clay-court Grand Slam championship, where he has clinched the 2005-08, 2010-14 crowns.

Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Beniot Paire
  • 2nd round: Viktor Troicki
  • 3rd round: Gilles Simon
  • 4th round: Jack Sock
  • Quarter-final: Milos Raonic
  • Semi-final: Novak Djokovic or Dominic Thiem
  • Final: Andy Murray or Stan Wawrinka

Potential French Open 2017 quarter-final draw (if top seeds win through):

  • Andy Murray v Kei Nishikori
  • Stanislas Wawrinka v Marin Cilic
  • Milos Raonic v Rafael Nadal
  • Dominic Thiem v Novak Djokovic

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GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour