Rafael Nadal opens his North American hard court swing this week at the Mexican Open in Acapulco. The former No. 1 has twice won the Acapulco title in 2005 and 2013.
In his first match since losing in the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic, Nadal begins play against Mischa Zverev with either Andreas Seppi or Nick Kyrgios in round two.
Nadal had won all 14 matches at the event until losing his most recent match their to Sam Querrey in the 2017 final. Querrey is the only other former champion in the field, he’ll meet countryman Taylor Fritz in the first round.
Rafa will also be joined at the event by No. 2 seed Alexander Zverev, No. 3 John Isner and fourth-seeded Diego Schwartzman.
Stan Wawrinka is unseeded and slated to meet a qualifier. He could face Nadal in the quarterfinals.
Last year, Juan Martin del Potro beat Kevin Anderson in a two-set final. Neither player returned this year.
Projected quarterfinal match-ups: 1 Nadal v 7 Johnson, 3 Isner v 8 Millman, 6 Tiafoe v 4 Schwartzman, 5 De Minaur v 2 Zverev.
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