Nadal to play 16-year-old Darwin Blanch in Madrid, faces rematch with De Minaur

The Spaniard could play De Minaur for the second time in as many weeks

Rafael Nadal Barcelona 2024 (1) Imago / Panoramic

Rafael Nadal could find himself up against Alex de Minaur again after the draw was made for the Madrid Masters on Monday.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion, who made his return to the ATP Tour in Barcelona last week after three months away through injury – and having played one event in 16 months – will face American Darwin Blanch in the first round, an American ranked 1028, who has been given a wildcard.

Should Nadal get through that one, the 37-year-old would play De Minaur for the second time in as many weeks. The Australian, the 10th seed this week, beat Nadal 7-5, 6-1 in Barcelona after the 12-time Barcelona champion had won his opening match against Flavio Cobolli.

Sinner No 1 seed; Alcaraz nursing injury

With Novak Djokovic choosing to miss the event, Jannik Sinner is the No 1 seed, with Carlos Alcaraz the No 2, though the Spaniard is still recovering fitness after missing both Monte-Carlo and Barcelona with a forearm issue.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, the winner in Monte-Carlo and runner-up in Barcelona, Casper Ruud, who beat Tsitsipas to win the title in Barcelona, and Daniil Medvedev are all in the top half.

Alexander Zverev, Holger Rune and Hubert Hurkacz join Alcaraz in the bottom half.

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