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!!

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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

DRAW: Who will Rafael Nadal have to beat to win the Rome Masters?

The draw for Rome is out.

After a first round bye, seven-time champion Rafael Nadal is set to meet either Andreas Seppi or a qualifier in his first match, before the possibility of Jack Sock in the third round.

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Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Bye
  • 2nd round: Andreas Seppi
  • 3rd round: Jack Sock
  • Quarter-final: Dominic Thiem
  • Semi-final: Novak Djokovic
  • Final: Andy Murray
If the men play to seed the quarter-final line up will be:
  • Andy Murray vs Milos Raonic
  • Stan Wawrinka vs Marin Cilic
  • Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem
  • Novak Djokovic vs Kei Nishikori

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GOOD LUCK, RAFA!

Madrid Open 2017 draw: See who Rafael Nadal will face on the Caja Mágica clay

The draw for the Madrid Open was performed today.

Rafael Nadal has been drawn into the bottom half of the draw and looks tough on paper, but he is the King of Clay who won three of four titles on the Caja Mágica clay.

After a first round bye, our champ will face the winner of the match between Fabio Fognini or Joao Sousa. He could face Nick Kyrgios in the third round, prior to a quarter-final against Milos Raonic or David Goffin.

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Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Bye
  • 2nd round: Fabio Fognini or Joao Sousa
  • 3rd round: Nick Kyrgios
  • Quarter-final: Milos Raonic or David Goffin
  • Semi-final: Novak Djokovic
  • Final: Andy Murray
If the men play to seed the quarter-final line up will be:
  • Andy Murray vs Dominic Thiem
  • Stan Wawrinka vs Marin Cilic
  • Milos Raonic vs Rafael Nadal
  • Kei Nishikori vs Novak Djokovic

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GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Barcelona Open Draw 2017: Rafael Nadal Goes For Record 10th Barcelona Title

The draw for the Barcelona tournament is out. Rafael Nadal will start his title defense by playing the winner of a match between Rogerio Dutra Silva (No. 70) and Renzo Olivo (No. 93).

Seeds in Rafa’s half include A. Zverev, Kolhschrieber, Ferrer, Goffin, Cuevas, Sousa and Nishikori. Seeds in the other half are A. Murray, F. Lopez, Ramos-Vinolas, Bautista Agut, Thiem, M. Zverev, Gasquet and Carreno Busta.

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Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Bye
  • 2nd round: Rogerio Dutra Silva or Renzo Olivo
  • 3rd round: Philipp Kolhschrieber
  • Quarter-final: Alexander Zverev
  • Semi-final: Kei Nishikori
  • Final: Andy Murray
If the men play to seed the quarter-final line up will be:
  • Andy Murray vs Roberto Bautista Agut
  • Dominic Thiem vs Pablo Carreno Busta
  • Alexander Zverev vs Rafael Nadal
  • David Goffin vs Kei Nishikori

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For Rafa this will be his 13th participation at the tournament, where he will play for his 10th title. During Rafa’s 12 appearances in the City of Barcelona, he has compiled a 49-3 record.

UPDATED: Kei Nishikori has been forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a right wrist injury. Frenchman Benoit Paire will take his spot in the draw.

Source: ATP World Tour