Madrid Masters draw: Rafael Nadal handed tough path to final in Spanish capital

Rafael Nadal could face both Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner at the Madrid Masters after being handed a tough draw.

Nadal is the top seed for the tournament after the withdrawal of world number one Novak Djokovic, and Alcaraz could be his first opponent, if the 17-year-old can get past Adrian Mannarino in the first round.

Sinner is a potential opponent in round three, and things don’t get any easier for him after that too, with Miami Masters champions Hubert Hurkacz, Karen Khachanov, Kei Nishikori, and Alexander Zverev all potential opponents in his quarter of the draw.

Dominic Thiem and Andrey Rublev, meanwhile, are likely semi-final opponents for Rafael Nadal should he get that far.

The other half of the draw is headlined by the in-form fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The Greek ace has Diego Schwartzman, Aslan Karatsev, Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Casper Ruud in his quarter of the draw, and will start a strong favourite to make the quarter-finals at least.

Madrid Masters draw

Daniil Medvedev, the second seed, is in the final quarter, and it’s one that looks wide open given the Russian’s struggles on clay.

Matteo Berrettini, who won Belgrade last week, will provide stern opposition, as will fellow-Italian Fabio Fognini.

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