'Rafael Nadal is a physical beast', says Top 10



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'Rafael Nadal is a physical beast', says Top 10

The debate narrows around Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz. To know Rafael Nadal's status - that despite everything he will try and that despite everything he cannot not be in the catalog of favorites - we will probably have to wait until day 1.

The news is that the Spaniard and the Serbian could meet in the quarterfinals, like in 2006 and 2015. After the challenge with Jordan Thompson, the Spanish champion could meet an old acquaintance like Stan Wawrinka. Hypothetical third round with Fabio Fognini, who however has Alexei Popyrin and a qualifier on the way.

As for the world number one, who faces Yoshito Nishioka, he could only have problems in the quarterfinals with Diego Schwartzman. Also at the top are Alexander Zverev and precisely Alcaraz. On the part of the Spaniard, in the second segment of the draw, you only have to watch the unknown Thiem, who in the season (at least since his return) has not yet won a game.

Thus, almost the entire Italian legion is at the bottom: Lorenzo Musetti has been placed badly, or rather, very badly, after his forced abandonment in Rome. For the carrarino there is immediately the impossible mission with Stefanos Tsitsipas, finalist of the last edition and obviously on the list of favorites.

Lorenzo Sonego orbits around Casper Ruud in an area of ​​the painting quite orphan of names: Marco Cecchinato is also present, who after getting unstuck returns to Paris and meets Pablo Andújar. Obviously, Jannik Sinner ends up in the last section of the draw.

After a classified, could be Roberto Carballes Baena. Hypothetical third round with Nikoloz Basilashvili and in the round of 16, again according to the logic of the ranking, Andrey Rublev.

Ruud praises Rafa Nadal

A big factor in Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's dominance over the years has been their supremely high levels of fitness.

"There are some players who will always impress you more than others. Rafa, of course, is a physical beast. Novak in his own way, he's slimmer maybe than what Rafa is, but he's there for 5-6 hours if he needs to," Ruud expressed.

The Norwegian also hailed World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev's physical capabilities. "He (Medvedev) doesn't look like the strongest guy but he played up to 6 hours with Rafa at the Australian Open and I don't think the level dropped towards the end. So it just shows that all of the guys are strong," Ruud continued.