Monte Carlo Masters Draw 2018: How tough is Rafael Nadal’s road to victory?

The Monte Carlo Rolex Masters draw is out, and thus begins the European clay season. Top seed and 10-time champion Rafael Nadal has a bye in the first round and will face the winner of the match between Aljaz Bedene or a qualifier.

He could face Adrian Mannarino in the third round, prior to a quarter-final against Dominic Thiem or Novak Djokovic.

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Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Bye
  • 2nd round: Aljaz Bedene
  • 3rd round: Adrian Mannarino or Karen Khachanov
  • Quarter-final: Dominic Thiem or Novak Djokovic
  • Semi-final: Grigor Dimitrov or David Goffin
  • Final: Marin Cilic or Alexander Zverev
If the men play to seed the quarter-final line up will be:
  • Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem
  • Grigor Dimitrov vs David Goffin
  • Alexander Zverev vs Lucas Pouille
  • Pablo Carreno Busta vs Marin Cilic

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Rafa has won Monte Carlo Masters ten times including an Open-Era record of eight consecutive titles between 2005-2012. Last year he became the first man in the Open Era to win a single tournament 10 times.

Following his tenth title in Monte Carlo last season, our champ went on to win in Barcelona, Madrid, and Paris.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

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Mexican Open Draw 2018: Rafael Nadal Going For Third Acapulco Title

The draw for the Mexican Open has been released and Rafael Nadal will face fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the opening round.

The world No. 2 should get through that, and set up a second round meeting with either Thanasi Kokkinakis or qualifier.

Rafa could face last year’s champion Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals.

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Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Feliciano Lopez
  • 2nd round: Thanasi Kokkinakis
  • Quarter-final: Sam Querrey
  • Semi-final: Jack Sock or Kevin Anderson
  • Final: Alexander Zverev

Projected quarterfinals:

  • Rafael Nadal vs Sam Querrey
  • Jack Sock vs Kevin Anderson
  • Juan Martin del Potro vs Dominic Thiem
  • John Isner vs Alexander Zverev

The 500-level tournament is played on outdoor hard courts.

Rafa is 14-1 in Acapulco, winning the title twice: first, when it was held on clay in 2005 and then again in 2013. Last year, our champ didn’t drop a set en route to the final, but he was edged by Querrey in the final, 6-3 7-6 (3).

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GOOD LUCK AND VAMOS RAFA!

Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open draw is pretty good!

The Australian Open Draw is out.

Rafael Nadal, the 2009 champion, will play in the first round against 83rd-ranked Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic.

In the second round he could face Nicolas Jarry or Leonardo Mayer.

If all goes well for our champion, he could face Damir Dzumhur in the third round and in the quarter-finals he could be seen battling with Marin Cilic.

After that, the semis is a likely duel with Grigor Dimitrov before a final battle between Rafa and Roger Federer could not be ruled out, if all goes well for these two players.

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Projected quarter-finals:

  • Rafael Nadal vs Marin Cilic
  • Grigor Dimitrov vs Jack Sock
  • Dominic Thiem vs Alexander Zverev
  • David Goffin vs Roger Federer

Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Victor Estrella Burgos
  • 2nd round: Nicolas Jarry and Leonardo Mayer
  • 3rd round: Damir Dzumhur
  • Last 16: John Isner
  • Quarter-final: Marin Cilic
  • Semi-final: Grigor Dimitrov or Jack Sock
  • Final: Roger Federer
Rafa’s quarter

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Rafa is bidding to clinch a 17th grand slam title of his career and his second in Melbourne.

All the best of luck in the world to you, Rafa! VAMOS!

Draw made for ATP Finals 2017: Will Rafael Nadal play in London?

The ATP World Tour Finals draw has been made.

Rafael Nadal is already practicing in London even though there are some concerns about his participation as he had to pull out of the Paris Masters last week with a knee injury.

He will take on David Goffin, Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov in the round-robin stage at London’s O2 Arena.

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Group ‘Pete Sampras’

  • Rafael Nadal
  • Dominic Thiem
  • Grigor Dimitrov
  • David Goffin

Group ‘Boris Becker’

  • Roger Federer
  • Alexander Zverev
  • Marin Cilic
  • Jack Sock

Rafa’s first match will be against David Goffin on Monday, not before 8 PM local time.

Our champ, who has won six titles this year including the French and US Open, has already guaranteed top spot in the world rankings this season.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Paris Masters Draw 2017: Every point matters for Rafael Nadal

The BNP Paribas Masters Paris draw is out, and Rafael Nadal has a bye in the first round. The World No. 1  is seeded first at the tournament. He will play the winner of the match between Mischa Zverev and Hyeon Chung in the second round.

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

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Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Bye
  • 2nd round: Mischa Zverev or Hyeon Chung
  • 3rd round: Albert Ramos-Vinolas
  • Quarter-final: Pablo Carreno Busta
  • Semi-final: Alexander Zverev or Grigor Dimitrov
  • Final: Roger Federer

Projected quarterfinals:

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

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UPDATE: Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Paris Masters to focus on the ATP World Tour finals in London. Rafa needs just one more win – either in Paris or at the season-ending ATP World Tour finals in London – to seal the No 1 spot.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

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!

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!