Nadal will debut against Sock or Nishioka on his return to the circuit, in Washington


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Nadal will debut against Sock or Nishioka on his return to the circuit, in Washington

You already know the painting and its panorama. Rafael Nadal, who dropped out of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympic Games, will play for the first time the ATP 500 in Washington, which will be held next week, and the No. 3 in the world already has the key after the draw made this Friday in the capital of the United States.

It will be his absolute debut in Washington. And it was learned that the Spanish will make his debut next Wednesday, for the second round, against the winner of the clash between the local Jack Sock and the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka.

At 35 years old and No. 3 in the world rankings, Nadal was frustrated in his attempt to win the 21st Grand Slam at his favorite French Open. There he lost in the semifinals on his clay ally to Serbian Novak Djokovic, No. 1 ATP and champion of the three Grand Slam of 2021.

The Spanish asked for an invitation and will be the main favorite of the Washington team, waiting for Sock, also with a wild card, or Nishioka. In that upper sector of the key, the rising South African Lloyd Harris emerges as a possible opponent in the round of 16.

In the quarterfinals, he could play the British Cameron Norrie, seventh seed, in an area where there will be a clash between experienced players, local Sam Querrey with the Japanese Kei Nishikori. In the semifinal he could face the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, the fourth seed, or the British Daniel Evans, the sixth seed. The local Taylor Fritz also appears there.

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime is the second favorite of the tournament and could play in the round of 16 with American Frances Tiafoe and in the quarterfinals against Reilly Opelka. The latter will make his debut against the winner of the cross between Colombian Daniel Galán, the only Latin American registered, and local Tommy Paul.

In the semifinal, Auger-Aliassime would face Australian Alex De Miñaur, third seed, or Italian Jannick Sinner, fifth, who could run into promising local Sebastian Korda in the second round. Therefore, there are names in climbing and others more established in the circuit.

Washington’s ATP 500 organization invited the 13-time Roland Garros champion, who had never played that tournament on concrete, on a hard court, in his entire career. This championship serves as preparation for the Masters 1000 of Canada and Cincinnati, in the tour that leads to the US Open.


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