Gunning to win his 5th Madrid Open Title, Rafael Nadal has been in imperious form going into the clay court season so far. With the likes of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray looking to stop the Spaniard from yet another title, we analyse the ATP Mutua Madrid Open draw.
The Spaniard has won his 10th Monte Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open coming into the Mutua Madrid Open but he faces a rather tricky test for the title.
Opening his campaign against the winner of Portugal’s Joao Sousa and Italian Fabio Fognini, Nadal is drawn to meet mercurial Australian Nick Kyrgios in Round 3.
If he reaches the Fourth Round, he is set to meet the big serving Milos Raonic provided the Canadian makes it to the Quarter Finals.
The defending champion comes into Madrid without a coach following the mutual split with his coaching staff and he commences his title defence against clay-court experts in either Tommy Robredo or Nicolas Almagro.
Hanging ahead is a potential Third Round clash with one of the most entertaining players on the ATP Tour – Gael Monfils followed by a quarter-final battle with sixth seed Kei Nishikori.
Last year’s runner up Andy Murray looks to go a step further this time around but faces a very tricky draw to the title. Starting off against either Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or Marius Copil, the Scot’s draw include a possible Third Round clash against and a mouth watering Third Round face off against Lucas Pouille and quarter-final showdown with 8th seed Dominic Thiem or 12th seed Grigor Dimitrov.