Nadal to play his opener

Antonio Arenas Mutua News

A mouthwatering Tuesday awaits in the Caja Mágica. The fifth day of the competition promises to be a thriller as Rafa Nadal, a four-time champion of the tournament and fan favourite, plays his opener. The Spaniard will play his first match on the Manolo Santana Centre Court no earlier than four in the afternoon against Russian player Andrey Kuznetsov, who beat Victor Troicki in two sets (6-4, 6-4). The Balearic Islander has been training hard since last Friday, fine tuning his game for the Caja Mágica clay. One year ago he played sensational tennis here and only Andy Murray was able to stop him. It is the Scot who will be the other star of the day. The defending champion will step out in front of the Spanish crowd at 20:00 to face Radek Stepanek. The 37 year old Czech has become the oldest player to win a Masters 1000 match since Jimmy Connors achieved this in the Miami Open in 1992 at the age of 39.

And there will be plenty more on offer. Carla Suárez will also take to the Manolo Santana Centre Court, in the match before Rafael Nadal, to take on Sabine Lisicki. Before that, Simona Halep will measure up against Karin Knapp. These two clashes will bring a top-class morning session to a close.

In addition, the schedule for the other two stadiums and the Tennis Garden will allow fans to enjoy a plethora of talent that will surely not disappoint. Raonic-Dolgopolov, Gasquet-Verdasco and Guido Pella-Nick Kyrgios will provide some of the most promising clashes of the morning. This large slice of the best tennis will be enough for any fan making the trip to the Caja Mágica to enjoy a unique and exciting experience. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket offices or on the online ticket sales system.