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Rafael Nadal and Djokovic would meet in the semifinals in Madrid

Rafael Nadal and Djokovic would meet in the semifinals in Madrid

The Spanish Rafael Nadal, four times winner, will make his debut at the Mutua Madrid Open against the winner of the first round duel between the Italian Fabio Fognini and the Portuguese Joao Sousa, while the Serbian Novak Djokovic, defending the title, will do so against a Spaniard , either Nicolás Almagro or Tommy Robredo.
The draw carried out in the Caja Mágica has determined that Nadal, fourth favorite, and Djokovic, second, go through the same part of the table, but that only the faces can be seen in the semifinals. In the other hypothetical semifinal they would face the British Andy Murray and the Swiss Stan Wawrinka.
This has been determined by the draw for this Masters 1,000 whose main draw will begin this Sunday. The event that took place at the Caja Mágica facilities was attended by, among others, José Ramón Lete, president of the Higher Sports Council, Manolo Santana, tournament director, Feliciano López, the only player who has played all editions of this competition, and the Swede Lars Graf, ATP supervisor.
British Andy Murray, world number one, winner in 2008 and 2015, and finalist in Madrid in 2016, will open with the winner of the match between Spanish Guillermo García-López and Romanian Marius Copil.
In the part of the table of Nadal, champion in Monte Carlo and Barcelona and who is exempt in the first round like all the first eight seeded, Australian Nick Kyrgios (16), and above the Belgian David Goffin (9) and Milos Raonic ( 5), although he would collide with the Canadian only in the quarterfinals.
Djokovic, who lifted the trophy in 2011 and 2016, arrives in Madrid after announcing this Friday that he has broken up with his lifelong coach, the Slovakian Marian Vajda, and the rest of his usual team, and after confirming that he waits for his second child in September. In the Spanish capital he has only been seen accompanied in training by his younger brother Marko.
To overcome the second round, the Serbian player has the French Gael Monfils (15) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10) as hypothetical rivals, the Japanese Kei Nishikori (6) in the quarterfinals, and Nadal or Raonic in the semifinals. .
In Murray’s part are the French Lucas Pouille (13), the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (12) and the Austrian Dominic Thiem, a recent finalist in the Conde de Godó, with whom he would be measured in the quarterfinals.
The draw has produced several spectacular duels as soon as the tournament started, such as the one between the Spanish Fernando Verdasco with the German Alexander Zverev, or the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and the German Philip Kohlschreiber, and the Spanish fratricide between Tommy Robredo and Nicolás Almagro, with Djokovic waiting.
The Swiss Stan Wawrinka, third seed, and finalist in 2013, will debut against the winner of the match between Pablo Carreño and the French Benoit Paire, and the Japanese Kei Nishikori, runner-up in 2014, will have a tough start against the winner of the clash between Albert Ramos and the Argentine Diego Schwartzman.
After confirming the loss of Argentine Juan Martín del Potro, who traveled to Argentina after learning of the death of his grandfather, his compatriot Diego Schwartzman and Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, are the only Latin American representatives. Schwartzman will face the Spanish Albert Ramos, and Cuevas with a player from the previous phase.
– Theoretical quarterfinals:

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Andy Murray (GBR, 1) – Dominic Thiem (AUT, 8)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI, 3) – Marin Cilic (CRO, 7)
Milos Raonic (CAN, 5) – Rafael Nadal (ESP, 4)
Novak Djokovic (SRB, 2) – Kei Nishikori (JAP, 6)
Theoretical semifinals:

Djokovic-Nadal. EFE.

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