Rafael Nadal: 'If you are not completely arrogant, everybody needs to be...'

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Rafael Nadal: 'If you are not completely arrogant, everybody needs to be...'

The main draw was held at the Masters 1000 in Rome, where Novak Djokovic will return to activity as the first in the seeding. The champion of the last edition leads a team where almost all the best in the world will be, and will have a complex start, which could be against his executioner in Monte Carlo.

The Serbian will face in the second round the winner of the clash between the British Daniel Evans and the American Taylor Fritz. Later the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (16) could wait for him. In this same part of the table, in the quarterfinals he would cross, if logic prevails, with the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (4), or the Italian Matteo Berrettini (9).

Also, in the second quadrant of the upper part, there are players like the Austrian Dominic Thiem (4) and the Russian Andrey Rublev (7). For its part, the lower sector will be led by Rafael Nadal, who still appears as the second seed.

The Spanish will have to make his debut against the winner of the duel between Italian Jannik Sinner and Frenchman Ugo Humbert. Later it would touch him or Casper Ruud or the Canadian Denis Shapovalov (13). The other seeded players accompanying Nadal are Russian Daniil Medvedev (3), German Alexander Zverev (6) and his executioner last year at Foro Italico, Argentine Diego Schwartzman (8).

There are also the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta (11), the Belgian David Goffin (12) and the Polish Hubert Hurkacz (15). This was the luck that the draw brought to the favorites at the Rome Open, the next big stop on the ATP circuit.

In a recent interview, Rafael Nadal revealed that the COVID-19 crisis had made him take serious stock of his priorities. He also claimed that the pandemic-related doubts played a big part in his decision to skip the defence of his US Open title.

Nadal on the devastation caused by the pandemic

"For me, personally, it (the pandemic) has been tough," Rafael Nadal told The Telegraph. "It was difficult for me to keep going after the lockdown. The circumstances made me think about what was the right decision for my career: if I keep playing, or stop for a little more? It was not an easy decision.

It has been a tough year, I really believe, for everyone," the 34-year-old said. "If you are not completely arrogant, everybody needs to be less happy under these very difficult circumstances around the world, no? Because you have a lot of people suffering, a lot of people have lost a family member, a lot of people are losing their companies, their job."

While he claimed each award is special, the 20-time Grand Slam champion admitted the latest one was particularly emotional and unexpected. "Every one is special, no? I don't know if it's the most emotional for me, but this is probably the most unexpected," Nadal said.