Spaniard Rafa Nadal will make his debut against Croatian Borna Coric or a qualified player in the Cincinnati Masters 1,000 and will share a side of the table with his compatriot Carlos Alcaraz as of this Friday’s draw.
On the WTA circuit, Spaniards Paula Badosa and Garbine Muguruza share the upper half of the draw and will be a highly sought-after route, with potential clashes with Romanians Simona Halep and Kazakh Elena Rybakina in the second and first round respectively.
Nadal is seeded second in Cincinnati and Alcaraz is third, alongside Russian Daniil Medvedev who comes in as the world’s first player in a tournament that will not feature Serbian Novak Djokovic, who cannot enter the United States due to his refusal. Get vaccinated against coronavirus.
With the win in Cincinnati, Nadal’s first place in the world rankings is within reach, but he doesn’t need Medvedev to reach the quarterfinals to do so.
Canadian Felix Auger could face Aliassim in a hypothetical quarter-final against Manakor, the champion of this tournament in 2013.
Nadal went to the Lindner Family Tennis Center this Friday to begin preparations for the Masters 1,000 starting this Sunday. Nadal confirmed his participation in the Cincinnati tournament on Thursday, and this Friday he arrived at the Ohio club with a smile, after quitting competition due to a physical problem he suffered in training this week in Montreal. Spain will return to the court like this after retiring from Wimbledon tournament without power
4 in the world, Alcarz arrives in Cincinnati with the need to recover after a first-round elimination in Montreal against American Tommy Paul.
He will make his debut against American Mackenzie McDonald or Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, and on the horizon he will have a possible quarter-final against Norway’s Kasper Rood.
Potentially, there could be a Spanish semi-final against Rafa Nadal, something that has already happened at Indian Wells this year.
At the top of the draw, Medvedev will make his debut against one between American Maxim Crecy and Dutchman Bottic Van de Zandschulp, with Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov or Canadian Denis Shapovalov on the horizon in the third round.
He could have avenged in a fictional quarter-final against Australian Nick Kyrgios, who had eliminated him in his debut in Montreal.
Kyrgios himself will make his debut against Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
Fourth-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas is in the same quarter of the draw as semifinalist Pole Hubert Herkaz in Montreal.
The table was not favorable for Paula Badosa and Garbine Muguruza in the women’s circuit.
Badosa, who withdrew from Montreal in the first round due to physical problems, will start against a player who has dropped down the rankings but has a potentially high-demand matchup in the Round of 16 with Romanian Simona Halep.
Meanwhile, Garbin could debut against Wimbledon champion Kazakh Elena Rybakina.
The Venezuelan-born Spaniard also threatens American Coco Gauff in the second round and world No. 1 Polish Inga Swietek in the fictional quarter-finals.