Paris Masters draw: Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev and the in-form Andrey Rublev all in the same half
World No 2 Rafael Nadal will open his Paris Masters campaign against either Filip Krajinovic or Feliciano Lopez while he could face Alexander Zverev of Andrey Rublev in the semi-final.
Nadal, who will return to action for the first time since winning a 13th title at Roland Garros to take his Grand Slam tally to 20, has a bye into the second round and will face the winner of the Krajinovic-Lopez clash with either Jordan Thompson or Federico Delbonis the potential third-round opponent.
Eighth seed David Goffin and 15th seed Borna Coric are the big danger men in Section 1, but Nadal can only face them in the quarter-final.
Section 2 is loaded as it features Zverev, Rublev and three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka.
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Fourth seed Zverev faces Miomir Kecmanovic or John Millman in the second round while fifth seed Rublev, who has won three ATP 500 tournaments since the restart including the Vienna Open on Sunday, takes on Hubert Hurkacz or Radu Albot first up.
Russian Rublev could face Wawrinka, who takes on British No 1 Dan Evans in the first round, in the third round with a mouth-watering quarter-final clash against Zverev a real possibility.
The winner of that match is likely to face Nadal in the semi-final.
Stefanos Tsitsipas leads the bottom half, but the Greek second seed has been handed a tough opening assignment as the winner of the Casper Ruud-Ugo Humbert will be his opponent.
Felix Auger-Aliassime, Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic and Matteo Berrettini are the other big names in the section.
Third seed Daniil Medvedev leads Section 3 with either Kevin Anderson or Laslo Dere first up with 16th Alex de Minaur a possible third-round opponent. Sixth seed Diego Schwartzman is likely to be a quarter-final opponent.
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