19th January 2021

Nadal can avoid Djokovic until final

The Mallorcan Rafa Nadal will avoid Novak Djokovic, his executioner at the last Wimbledon, until a hypothetical final in the Masters 1000 Canadian Open. Despite this, the path of the Spanish tennis player will not be easy until the final. To start, Benoit Paire or Jared Donaldson could be the opponents in the simpler round, but later the more complicated rivals will arrive.

Nick Kyrgios, who will debut against Stan Wawrinka, appears as a theoretical opponent in the last 16. Then the list of big-hitters is long. Marin Cilic, Kyle Edmund, Sam Querrey or Borna Coric are some of them. The threats increase further because Juan Martin Del Potro, John Isner, Kei Nishikori, Denis Shapovalov, Fabio Fognini or Karen Khachanov could be the Spaniard’s rivals in the semifinals.

Rafael Nadal (Lliteres/EFE)

Nadal has an extraordinary season with four titles (Monte Carlo, Godó, Rome, Roland Garros), 35 victories and only three defeats, against Cilic (fourth of Australia), Thiem (fourth of Madrid) and Djokovic (semifinals of Wimbledon).

The Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who climbs a position and snatches the fifth place from South African Kevin Anderson, is the only change in the ‘Top 10‘ of the ATP world ranking that continues to be headed by Spain’s Rafael Nadal, joined on the podium by the Swiss Roger Federer and German Alexander Zverev.

Zverev, winner in the tournament in Washington, holds the third place on the podium, while the Australian Alex de Minaur, finalist, experienced one of the strongest climbs of the week to win 27 positions and placed at 45 in the ranking.

The Slovak Martin Klizan is the most favoured this week, as his victory in the tournament in Kitzbühel (Austria) allows him to take a jump of 35 steps and settle in 77th place.

Read the original article from La Vanguardia here.

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