Several players won't compete at the Mutua Madrid Open like Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Marin Cilic, Stan Wawrinka or Nick Kyrgios, but the draw is still a great one as many matches will be played. Albert Berasategui, one of the event's organizers, said: 'Both men's and women's draws are very hard.
In the men's, in the first round, a (Novak) Djokovic-(Kei) Nishikori, that could perfectly be a Grand Slam final, will be played, which shows how much this tournament is great.' He also spoke about the draw overall: 'When Rafa Nadal is in a clay-court tournament he is one of the favorites, and even more (considering) the streak he heads into; he is one of the (players) who have more options to reach the final.
In the other part of the draw maybe Alexander Zverev, but if I have to choose a favorite that's Rafa Nadal, despite he has a tougher draw with Dominic Thiem and Juan Martin del Potro.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer could achieve one of the craziest records at Wimbledon