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‘Rafael Nadal’s farewell tears moved me’, says legend

Rafael Nadal is back on the ATP Tour. For the first time in singles since the US Open, the Spaniard will be seen competing, this time at the Rolex Paris Masters, whose main draw was drawn this Friday and will start playing on Monday.

And the Balearic’s first singles match since he lost to Frances Tiafoe in the round of 16 of the American major will not be easy at all. As the second seed in the tournament, the No. 2 seed in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings will make his second-round debut against the winner of compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut and American Tommy Paul.

Bautista Agut, one of the best ranked unseeded (No. 22) and a semi-finalist this week in Basel, leads the record 3-0 with Paul. Of course, he loses 0-3 in his series with Nadal, who in turn wins the ATP HeadToHead 1-0 with Paul.

Rafa will be playing for the ninth time the Parisian ATP Masters 1000, in which he has a record of 22-6 and where he will be looking for his first title. He will certainly be looking to top his best finish in the tournament (a runner-up in 2007 in his first tournament appearance).

It will be a difficult road. Other Spaniards appear in the same section of the draw: Pablo Carreño Busta, seeded No. 14, and Albert Ramos-Viñolas, who will face each other in a duel between Canadian Denis Shapovalov and Argentine Francisco Cerúndolo in the second round.

Also at the bottom of the draw is Novak Djokovic, who has not competed since he won the title in Astana earlier this month. The Serbian, seeded sixth in Paris, will debut in the French capital with the winner of the duel between American Maxime Cressy and Argentine Diego Schwartzman.

Shiffrin opens up on Rafa Nadal

American Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin recently discussed Rafael Nadal’s display of emotions during Roger Federer’s farewell at the 2022 Laver Cup. “Rafael Nadal’s farewell tears moved me even more.

In fact, he might be secretly rejoicing because one of his biggest competitors is gone. However, the opposite was true. That says a lot about how respectfully they treated each other despite the sporting rivalry,” Shiffrin said.

“They always say you shouldn’t meet your idols because then you might be disappointed and the admiration will fade away. In Roger’s case it is different. If anyone has the opportunity to meet him, let him do so,” she said.

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