After the sad period of 2020 due to the Coronavirus emergency, the Mutua Madrid Open facility will once again open its doors to professionals. Last edition champion Novak Djokovic will be absent, as announced in the past few hours.
The main draw tournament will be held from 2 to 9 May next and will precede the prestigious events in Rome and Roland Garros in Paris, the culmination of spring swing on clay. World number 2 Rafael Nadal will make his debut in the home event against the winner between Adrian Mannarino and the very young Carlo Alcaraz, while he could already meet our Jannik Sinner in the third round, provided that this - 14th seeded - manages to overtake Guido Pella is one of Jan-Lennard Struff and a still qualified unknown.
Possible challenge between Nadal and Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals, with the German who finds himself the winner of Miami Hubert Hurkacz in his own part of the draw, as well as Kei Nishikori and Karen Khachanov who will see it in the first match.
The Austrian Dominic Thiem, seeded number 3, could meet Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals, in a part of the draw also attended by the Spaniards Roberto Bautista Agut and Jaume Munar, the latter opposed to Alex De Minaur.
Argentine Diego Schwartzman could face Monte Carlo champion and recent Barcelona finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals, but the presence of players such as Aslan Karatsev (vs Ugo Humbert), Denis Shapovalov, Félix Auger-Aliassime and Casper should not be underestimated.
Ruud (as opposed to the 20-year-old Canadian), who have the real possibility of doing very well. As for Matteo Berrettini, the Italian tennis player - credited with a bye - has the opportunity to make his debut immediately against Fabio Fognini, who will face a player coming from the qualifiers.
France's Jeremy Chardy recently gave his thoughts on a wide array of topics, including fan reactions to Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. During an interview with a local website, Chardy first laid out the rationale behind supporting both Federer and Nadal, before suggesting that it was very difficult to support all members of the 'Big 3'
Jeremy Chardy speaks about the Big 3
"I tend to say that one can 'like' Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer almost at the same time," Jeremy Chardy said. "(But) It is more difficult to like Federer or Nadal if one is a fan of Novak Djokovic."
Jeremy Chardy, a former World No. 25, has not won a match against Novak Djokovic in 14 tour meetings. "Novak Djokovic is a huge champion, it is indisputable," Jeremy Chardy said. "It is especially some of his attitudes on the court that are singled out and that I can understand," Chardy said.