Tsitsipas and Nadal can only meet in the final of the Madrid Masters

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The Greek champion is ranked No.4 and entered the same half as Daniil Medvedev. Although the Russian is ranked No.2 in the rankings, in these conditions probably Stefanos seems to be in a very good position from his previous performances on clay in terms of qualifying for the final.

To do so, he will first have to beat one of Nikoloz Basilashvili and Benoit Paire in his tournament debut. He later crosses paths with Felix Auger-Aliassime, whom he beat in Barcelona, while in the quarter-finals he has potential opponents Diego Schwartzman and Denis Shapovalov. In the semi-finals, of course, he will face Medvedev and in the final, Nadal.

Nadal is likely to play 17-year-old Carlos Alcaraz in his opening match, but he will first have to overcome the difficult obstacle of Adrian Mannarino. In the round of 16, Nadal’s likely opponent is Jannik Sinner, in the quarter-finals Alexander Zverev and in the semi-finals Dominic Thiem, who will be playing his first tournament of the year on clay.

The Austrian will play a qualifier in his opening match, while in the third round he has a possible opponent in Grigor Dimitrov. An interesting draw for Medvedev, who may face the very strong Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in his opening match (the Spaniard will play with a qualifier in Round 1). In any case, Zverev’s premiere is also expected to be tough, as he will play the winner of Kei Nishikori’s match with Karen Khachanov!

The 3rd round match-ups (based on seedings):

[1] Nadal – Sinner [14]
[12] Hurkacz – Zverev [5]

[3] Thiem – Dimitrov [13]
[9] Bautista Agut – Rublev [6]

[7] Schwartzman – Shapovalov [11]
[15] Auger Aliassime – Tsitsipas [4]

[8] Berrettini – Carreno Busta [10]
[16] Garin – Medvedev [2]