Justly, Federico Delbonis87th in the world, he will be the first rival of Rafael Nadal, third in the ranking, this Wednesday in the round of 32 of the Monte-Carlo tennis tournament, which the Spaniard aspires to win for the twelfth time.
The Argentine, coming from the qualifying phase, defeated Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-5 and 6-1 in the first round. For Nadal, third seeded and exempt in the first round, the match will be his debut in 2021 on the land of the Principality.
The clash is scheduled in the third turn of the Center Court (around 9.30, Argentina time) and can be seen by ESPN2. Nadal and Delbonis have met four times, always with victory for the former, the last one at the 2020 Australian Open. Delbonis has never made the Balearic player a set.
The 34-year-old Spanish, third-seeded, is the big favorite to win the tournament. Won Monte-Carlo 11 times and a total of 8 (2005-2012) consecutively. He has a total of 71 victories and just five defeats.
Of the 5 defeats of the Manacor man in Monte-Carlo, two were against Novak Djokovic: in the 2013 final and in the 2015 semi-finals.
Precisely the Serbian will go into action this Wednesday, on the same court but second shift (around 8, Argentina time, and by ESPN 2) in a cheat match: your opponent will be the ascendant Italian Jannik Sinner, a new finalist of the Miami Masters 1000 and that in Monaco had no problems to defeat Albert Ramos 6-3 and 6-4.