The Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal will have a hard road to travel to try to reach the final rounds and defend his Australian Open title, the first ‘Grand Slam’ of the season and in which he will already have a demanding debut against the British Jack Draper, while that Paula Badosa will start against the American Catherine McNally.

The draw for the main draws of the tournament held this Thursday was not excessively benevolent with that of Manacor, the first seed after the loss of Carlos Alcaraz and who will not go for the same part as the Serbian Novak Djokovic.

The Spaniard, double winner at Melbourne Park, will start his career against the young Draper, left-handed like him, number 40 in the world and who will arrive with good feelings at the ‘big’ since this Thursday he qualified for the semifinals of the Adelaide 2 tournament.

“It will be amazing to play against him, he is a great champion. Obviously, there are a lot of emotions when I think about facing him. Whatever happens, it will be a special occasion for me, I am still very young, so it is great to have these kinds of experiences and exposure to play against someone like Rafa on a track as big as that. But I want to play very well and compete hard and do the best I can”, Draper stressed in statements collected by the ATP website after his victory against Russian Karen Kachanov .

From there, the path could be easier until the round of 16 where the theoretical crossover is with the American Frances Tiafoe, sixteenth favorite and his executioner in that same round in the last Open of the United States, or the Canadian Denis Shapovalov. In the quarterfinals, a possible repeat of the 2022 final against the Russian Daniil Medvedev, while in the semifinals the highest seeded players are the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.

For his part, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, nine times champion of the oceanic ‘Grand Slam’, will debut against the Spanish Roberto Carballés and in the round of 16 he could have obstacles against the local Alex de Miñaur or the Asturian Pablo Carreño. In the quarterfinals he could have Nick Kyrgios, although he must overcome rivals like the young Dane Holger Rune or the Russian Andrey Rublev, and in his draw the highest seed is the Norwegian Casper Ruud.

As for the rest of the Spaniards, Carreño will start against the Argentine Pedro Cachín, Roberto Bautista, against the Portuguese Joao Sousa, Alejandro Davidovich, against the Kazakh Alexander Bublik, Albert Ramos, against the American Maxime Cressy, Pedro Martínez, against the Pole Hubert Hurkacz , Bernabé Zapata, against the Russian Karen Kachanov, and Jaume Munar, against the Czech Dalibor Svrcina.

On the other hand, in the women’s draw, Paula Badosa, a semifinalist in Adelaide 2 and eleventh seed, will debut at the Australian Open against the American Catherine McNally and in the third round she could have the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko.

The Catalan player is on the same side of the draw as the great favourite, the Polish Iga Swiatek, number one in the world and semifinalist last year, with whom they would face off in a hypothetical quarterfinal.

In addition, Garbiñe Muguruza, a finalist in Melbourne in 2020 and who is not going through her best moment of play and results, will start her career against the Belgian Elise Mertens, twenty-sixth favorite, and already in the third round she could have a very important rival like the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.

Finally, Nuria Párrizas will also start against a top seed, the Brazilian Beatriza Haddad Maia (14), while the Spanish representation is completed by Cristina Bucsa, the only one who passed the preliminary phase and who will face the German Eva Lys, also classified from the previous

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