Rafael Nadal will quickly be in the bath. For his first tournament for more than six months in Rome (September 14-21) next week, the Mallorcan will know very quickly where he stands. On Saturday, the draw gave him a strong entry into the second round against his compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta who is coming out of a semi-final at Flushing Meadows. He also inherited Stefanos Tsitsipas, seeded number 3 in the Italian Masters 1000, in the lower part of the table for a possible semi-final.
Probably revenge after his disqualification from the US Open, Novak Djokovic will, for his part, probably have more time to find his feet since he will play a qualifier, a lucky loser or the Italian Salvatore Caruso, 100th in the world. The number 1 seed could possibly find Félix Auger-Aliassime in the round of 16, before facing off against Gaël Monfils or Stan Wawrinka in the quarter, two players who preferred to ignore Flushing Meadows, like Nadal .
But “La Monf ‘” will have a lot to do in the second round since the French will be opposed to Alex de Minaur, also in good form since he reached the quarter-finals in New York. In the first round, his compatriots Benoît Paire and Ugo Humbert were not spared either since they will face Jannik Sinner and Kevin Anderson respectively. Adrian Mannarino will also have to pull out all the stops to bring down Milos Raonic.
Novak Djokovic (SRB / N.1) – Gaël Monfils (FRA / N.5)
Matteo Berrettini (ITA / N.4) – David Goffin (BEL / N.6)
Fabio Fognini (ITA / N.7) – Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE / N.3)
Diego Schwartzman (ARG/N.8) – Rafael Nadal (ESP/N.2)