Mutua Madrid Open 2021 Seeds: Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, Ashleigh Barty, and Naomi Osaka Lead the Draw

Published 04/29/2021, 2:43 AM EDT
Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Rafael Nadal of Spain stand together before their Men’s Singles final match on day fourteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 08, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Top men and women tennis players have reached the Spanish capital for the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. Although defending champion Novak Djokovic will miss the tournament, fan-favorite and five-time winner Rafael Nadal will have everyone’s attention.

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The main draw matches of the ATP Masters 1000 Madrid will run from May 2 and conclude on May 9. Similarly, the WTA 1000 event will begin on April 29 and run until May 8.

The men’s tournament has a 56 players field, whereas the women’s tournament has 64 players. Both of them will have 16 seeded players in the main draw each.

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The top seeds in Mutua Madrid Open 2021 men’s tournament

The 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will headline the tournament on home turf. Following him, Russian Daniil Medvedev will stand as the second seed in Madrid.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Barcelona Open – Real Club de Tennis Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain – April 25, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the Barcelona Open against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Albert Gea

Since the reigning US Open champion Dominic Thiem is also one of the absentees, Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas will be seeded third. The 22-year-old currently has a 9-1 record on the clay so far.

After the Monte-Carlo champion, German Alexander Zverev and Russian Andrey Rublev are fourth and fifth seeds in Madrid. Interestingly, they both have won an ATP 500 title already in 2021.

Argentine Diego Schwartzman and Italian Matteo Berrettini make the last two places in the Top 8 seeds of the tournament. Even these two have bagged an ATP 250 title this year. The Top 8 seeds will receive a bye into the second round.

The ninth and tenth seeds in Madrid are Spaniards Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta. Subsequently, Belgium David Goffin and Canadian Denis Shapovalov will become the 11th and 12th seeds.

As per the entry list, Frenchman Gael Monfils, Polish Hubert Hurkacz, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, and Italian Jannik Sinner are the last four seeds at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021.

Apart from the seeds, some players to watch out for are Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Fabio Fognini, and Aslan Karatsev. From the under 21 category, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Carlos Alcaraz will also give their best shot.

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The Top seeds in the WTA 1000 Madrid Open

In the women’s tournament, all Top 40 ranked players will play the Madrid Open except 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams. Australian World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and Japanese World No. 2 Naomi Osaka are the headliners for this year’s event.

SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 25: Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, Naomi Osaka of Japan, Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, Ashleigh Barty of Australia, Simona Halep of Romania, Bianca Andreescu of Canada, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic pose for a selfie ahead of the 2019 WTA Finals at Lotus Hill Park on October 25, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Two-time winner and defending finalist Simona Halep is the third seed in the Spanish capital. Ukrainian Elina Svitolina and Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka take the next two spots after Halep.

Following them, the former World No. 1 Karolina Pliskova is seeded sixth. Additionally, the defending champion Kiki Bertens is seventh, whereas Swiss star Belinda Bencic is the eighth seed.

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The other eight seeds are as follows: Petra Kvitova, Garbine Muguruza, Jennifer Brady, Victoria Azarenka, Elise Mertens, Iga Swiatek, Johanna Konta, and Maria Sakkari. Indeed, the women’s main draw is brimming with talent and promises to deliver high-quality tennis for the next two weeks.

All in all, both the men and women are ready for yet another 1000 points event.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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