Rafa Nadal has not had any luck in the Roland Garros main draw draw. In what will presumably be his last presence in the Parisian Grand Slam, the Spaniard will debut (probably on Monday or Tuesday) against the German Alexander Zverev, seed number 4 and champion of the last Masters 1,000 at the Foro Italico in Rome .

The Manacor native and Zverev have faced each other ten times, with Nadal dominating the matches by seven wins to three. Precisely the last time they met was at Roland Garros, in the 2022 semifinals, in a match remembered for the severe injury that the German suffered in the middle of battle. He had to retire with a broken ankle.

The Spaniard is at the top of the table where Novak Djokovic is, a potential rival in the semifinals in the event that Nadal surprises and reaches such an advanced round. Because his theoretical path is full of level obstacles, since there are also Holger Rune (eighth) and Daniil Medvedev (fourth).

The Mallorcan, who turns 38 on June 3, has been training at the Roland Garros facilities since Monday. They would only face Carlos Alcaraz in the final. The Murcian will begin his journey against a tennis player from the previous phase. In a theoretical semi-final it would be Sinner’s turn.

In the women’s draw Paula Badosa will start against the British Katie Boulter, seeded number 26.