Rafael Nadal, number 2 in the ATP classification and current champion, will debut this Wednesday at the 1000 Masters in Rome on center court at 7:00 p.m. local time (17:00 GMT) against his compatriot and friend Pablo Carreño Busta.
09/15/2020 at 7:15 PM CEST
“They just told me … Tomorrow 7pm CET (Rome). Very excited # let’s go #forza”Nadal wrote on his official Twitter account at 6:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. GMT) on the Italian afternoon this Tuesday, at which time the organizers of Rome announced tomorrow’s calendar to the tennis players.
I have just been told … tomorrow 7pm CET (Rome). Very much looking forward to it. #Come on
– Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) September 15, 2020
Nadal, nine times champion on the clay of the Foro Italico, will compete again this Wednesday for the first time since March 1 of this year, when he won the final of the Acapulco tournament against the American Taylor Fritz. Since then, Rafa has not played any official match after giving up traveling to New York to play the Cincinnati Masters 1000 and the US Open due to sanitary conditions due to the coronavirus crisis.
Carreño, in good shape
Your rival will be a Pablo Carreño arriving in Rome in great shape. He is currently number 18 in the world and reached the semifinals at Flushing Meadows after the disqualification of Novak Djokovic in the round of 16 match, defeating Canadian Denis Shapovalov in a tough match 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7 -6 (4), 0-6 and 6-3 in the quarters and finally yield to Sascha Zverev in the semis after another tough five-set match (6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 4-6 and 3-6 ).