Mutua Madrid Open 2021 Draw and Bracket: Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem in the Same Half, Daniil Medvedev Handed an Easy Path

Published 04/30/2021, 1:37 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Dominic Thiem of Austria and Rafael Nadal of Spain embrace at the net following their Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match on day ten of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


Mutua Madrid Open 2021 draw is here. Rafael Nadal headlines the playing field after a late withdrawal from World No.1 Novak Djokovic. Read below to know who the record five-time champion could face in his home tournament.

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Nadal is the top seed given his World No.2 ranking. Trailing him is the young brigade of players – Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem, and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

A tough path beckons for Rafael Nadal at Mutua Madrid Open 2021 draw

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Rafael Nadal reacts during his quarter final match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Nadal could face a tough challenge from Adrian Mannarino or Spanish teenager Carlos Alcarez in the second round. Then according to the seeds, he could face Italian sensation, Jannik Sinner, in the 3rd round. Moreover, Nadal could face Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals and he finds Dominic Thiem in his half itself.

Nadal‘s clay-court reign was shaken after a shock loss to Andrey Rublev in Monte Carlo. But the Spaniard returned to his old prowess in Barcelona by winning a record 12th title. At Madrid Open 2021, without the challenge from his prime rival, Djokovic, Nadal is a huge favorite.

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Daniil Medvedev reacts during his final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Medvedev has a relatively lighter draw to Nadal. His first seeded encounter will be against Cristian Garin in the third round. Then in the quarterfinals, based on the rankings, Medvedev will have an Italian challenge in the form of Matteo Berrettini. Medvedev has Tsitsipas on his side.

Daniil Medvedev has fully recovered from the COVID-19 virus. It was unfortunate that he caught the virus because he was coming with confidence this time for the clay-court season. Medvedev’s clay-court credentials are not in tune with his high ranking, but in 2021 it looked like the Russian might have improved his skills. He will be keenly watched in Madrid.

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Dominic Thiem’s path towards maiden Madrid Open title

Dominic Thiem in action during his fourth round match against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Thiem will face a qualifier first. Then he could face Grigor Dimitrov. In the quarterfinals, one could see Rublev against Thiem. Afterward, a clash with Nadal is also slated in the semifinals according to the seeds.

Thiem has had a tough 2021 mentally and physically. After the highs of 2020, Thiem has come crashing down because of mental discomfort coupled with injuries. He is yet to play in the clay season, and in the past years, he has been closer to Djokovic and Nadal on clay. Thiem is again a dreaded challenge for tournament favorite, Nadal.

Stefanos Tsitsipas’ road to success in the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 draw

Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates winning the final match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev with the trophy REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Tsitsipas could face Felix Auger Aliassime in the 3rd round. And then, in the quarterfinals, he could play Diego Schwartzman. He is on the same side as Medvedev.

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Tsitsipas has surprised everyone in this clay season. Despite his seeding of fourth, he is the second favorite to win in Madrid. In the two tournaments he has played on clay this year, he won the Monte Carlo Masters and then nearly beat Nadal in the Barcelona Open final.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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