Friday’s draw saw the Mutua Madrid Open’s reigning champion, Novak Djokovic, being faced against one of the players from the preliminary phase in the second round of the tournament. Rafa Nadal will pay the winner of the Nikolay Davydenko – Ivo Karlovic match, and Roger Federer takes on the winner of the mouth-watering first round tie between Milos Raonic and David Nalbandian.
Novak Djokovic was the most fortunate of the top seeded players in this evening’s draw for the Mutua Madrid Open main competition. The reigning champion was drawn against the winner of a preliminary phase first round match. The bad news for the Serbian is that Roger Federer is on the same side of the draw as him, and there is a chance that they could meet each other in the semi-finals.
However, the Swiss player won’t have an easy time getting there. The world number three has a difficult opening tie in the tournament, which he has won twice before, as he will be taking on either Raonic or Nalbandian in the second round. Also on that side of the draw are two of Spain’s higher ranked players on the ATP circuit: David Ferrer and Nicolás Almagro.
Ferrer will make his Madrid debut in the second round against the winner of the duel between Radek Stepanek and Bernard Tomic, while Almagro will enter the fray in the first round against a qualifier, but they could still meet in the third round if they can advance.
At the lower half of the draw, the main favourite is Spain’s Rafael Nadal, whose debut will be aginst the winner of the Karlovic – Davydenko match. Nadal could cross paths with players like Fernando Verdasco, Tomas Berdych, Juan Martín del Potro or fourth-seed Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, who moves into the space left vacant by Andy Murray, out due to injury.
Young Spaniard Javier Martí, who took part in the draw ceremony will face Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny in the first round. Of the rest of the Spaniards, Marcel Granollers will first face Carlos Berlocq, Feliciano López will face Jurgen Melzer, Albert Ramos a qualifier, Albert Montañés will meet Marin Cilic, Andújar – Alexandr Dolgopolov and Fernando Verdasco – Denis Istomin.
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