2017 Australian Open Draw: Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic in the same quarter

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The 2017 Australian Open draw has been revealed on Friday morning in Melbourne.

Rafael Nadal will play German Florian Mayer in the first round.

Our champ, seeded ninth, was also drawn in the same half as Austria’s Dominic Thiem and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. He could meet either player in the semi-finals.

Projected quarter-finals:

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

Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Florian Mayer
  • 2nd round: Marcos Baghdatis or Mikhail Youzhny
  • 3rd round: Alexander Zverev
  • Last 16: Gael Monfils
  • Quarter-final: Milos Raonic
  • Semi-final: Novak Djokovic
  • Final: Andy Murray

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Rafa is bidding to clinch a 15th grand slam title of his career and his second in Melbourne.

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

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Brisbane 2017 Draw: Rafael Nadal opens against Alexandr Dolgopolov

The draw for the Brisbane International was held today.

World No. 9 Rafael Nadal will kick off the 2017 season with an intriguing first round match against Alexandr Dolgopolov. Our champ will carry a 5-2 head-to-head record into his first-round match, however the Ukrainian has won their two most recent clashes.

Our champ, who is the fifth seed in Brisbane, is seeded to face defending champion Milos Raonic in the last eight and rising Austrian star Dominic Thiem in the semis.

Rafael Nadal in action at Allphones Arena on January 11, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Jan. 10, 2016 - Source: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Rafael Nadal in action at Allphones Arena on January 11, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.
(Jan. 10, 2016 – Source: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Alexander Dolgopolov
  • 2nd round: Mischa Zverev
  • Quarter-final: Milos Raonic
  • Semi-final: Dominic Thiem
  • Final: Stan Wawrinka

Projected quarterfinals:

  • Milos Raonic vs Rafael Nadal
  • Dominic Thiem vs Grigor Dimitrov
  • David Ferrer vs Kei Nishikori
  • Lucas Pouille vs Stan Wawrinka

Rafa’s new coach Carlos Moya will not travel to Brisbane, but will join our champ and head coach Uncle Toni at the Australian Open.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic in same half of draw at Shanghai Masters

The draw for the Shanghai Rolex Masters has been released and Rafael Nadal has a bye in the first round. In the second round our champ will play either Viktor Troicki or a qualifier.

Top seed Novak Djokovic is joined by fourth seed Rafa in the top half of the draw, with second seed Andy Murray projected to face off against third seed Stan Wawrinka in the other semifinal.

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Getty Images

Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Bye
  • 2nd round: Viktor Troicki
  • 3rd round: Roberto Bautista Agut
  • Quarter-final: Marin Cilic
  • Semi-final: Novak Djokovic
  • Final: Andy Murray

Projected quarterfinals:

  • Novak Djokovic vs Tomas Berdych
  • Rafael Nadal vs Marin Cilic
  • Milos Raonic vs Stan Wawrinka
  • Gael Monfils vs Andy Murray

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Shanghai Masters tennis is live from Shanghai from 9 October.

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

China Open 2016 Draw: Who does Rafael Nadal face?

The draw for the men’s side of the China Open was held today.

Rafael Nadal is the 2nd seed and landed in the bottom half of the draw in Milos Raonic’s half. His first opponent will be Paolo Lorenzi from Italy.

Photo: China Open
Photo: China Open

Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Paolo Lorenzi
  • 2nd round: Albert Ramos-Vinolas
  • Quarter-final: Lucas Pouille
  • Semi-final: Milos Raonic
  • Final: Andy Murray

Projected quarterfinals:

  • Andy Murray vs Roberto Bautista Agut
  • Dominic Thiem vs David Ferrer
  • Richard Gasquet vs Milos Raonic
  • Lucas Pouille vs Rafael Nadal

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.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been forced to withdraw from China Open due to an elbow injury.

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China Open tennis is live from Beijing from 3-9 October.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

What do you think of Rafael Nadal’s US Open draw?

The US Open draw is a done deal. Rafael Nadal’s first opponent will be Denis Istomin (ranked 107th in the world) of Uzbekistan.

Seeded fourth in New York, our champ is placed in the same half as world number one Novak Djokovic and could meet the Serb in the semi-finals.

Photo: Nike
Photo: Nike

Projected quarterfinals:

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

Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Denis Istomin
  • 2nd round: Stephane Robert or Andreas Seppi
  • 3rd round: Lucas Pouille
  • 4th round: Roberto Bautista Agut
  • Quarter-final: Milos Raonic
  • Semi-final: Novak Djokovic
  • Final: Andy Murray

Click here to check out the full draw.

The main draw play starts on Monday.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Cincinnati Masters 2016 Draw: Who does Rafael Nadal face?

The Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the last big lead-up tournament before the U.S. Open and our champ is supposed to play there.

According to BBC, two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray has booked a private jet to Cincinnati and will be sharing it with Rafael Nadal, who also claimed his second gold medal as he partnered Marc Lopez to victory in the men’s doubles in Rio.

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Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Rafa is the No. 3 seed behind Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka. Following a first round bye,  he opens up against Pablo Cuevas or Sam Querrey in the second round, with possible matchups against No. 14 seed Nick Kyrgios in the third round and No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals.

Seven-time champion Roger Federer and five-time finalist Novak Djokovic will be missing from Cincinnati due to injuries.

Potential Quarterfinal Matchups: 

  • Andy Murray vs Kei Nishikori
  • Milos Raonic vs Dominic Thiem
  • Tomas Berdych vs Rafael Nadal
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Stan Wawrinka

Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Bye
  • 2nd round: Pablo Cuevas or Sam Querrey
  • 3rd round: Nick Kyrgios
  • Quarter-final: Tomas Berdych
  • Semi-final: Stan Wawrinka
  • Final: Andy Murray

Click here to check out the full draw.

After so many hours spent on the court in Rio and still feeling pain in his wrist, the big question is how much will Rafa have left in the tank?

VAMOS RAFA!

Olympic Mixed Doubles Draw Announced: Vamos Rafa & Garbi!

The ITF today announced the draw for the Olympic mixed doubles competition that is scheduled to start on Wednesday, August 10.

Spanish duo Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza, who are third seeds, will pair up to play Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hrdecka in the first round.

Photo via as.com
Photo via as.com

Top seeds are Caroline Garcia and Nicolas Mahut from France.

Competition involves 16 teams, meaning only two victories are needed to reach the medal round.

For a look at the complete draw, go here.

Vamos Rafa & Garbi!