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View Schedule: Rafa & Felix Face Off Wednesday; Zverev To Play Ferrer

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Rafael Nadal, a five-time Madrid champion, signs autographs for fans at La Caja Magica. He opens his campaign on Wednesday.

Nishikori, Del Potro, Tsitsipas also in action

Rafael Nadal will open his bid for a sixth Mutua Madrid Open title on Wednesday afternoon against #NextGenATP star Felix Auger-Aliassime. The 18-year-old Canadian, who defeated Denis Shapovalov in the first round, reached a clay-court final earlier this year at the Rio Open presented by Claro.

“He is a complicated opponent. He’s young. He’s played a couple of matches on clay this year already so he’s going to be a difficult opponent,” said Nadal. “For him here, everything is more even due to the altitude, the conditions.”

Defending champion Alexander Zverev, Kei Nishikori, Juan Martin del Potro and Estoril champion Stefanos Tsitsipas also play their second-round opening matches Wednesday. Zverev will confront David Ferrer after the former World No. 3 prevailed against Roberto Bautista Agut on Tuesday to extend his run in his farewell tournament.

More to come…

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ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, 8 MAY, 2019

MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
2 WTA matches
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [WC] Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) vs [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) 
Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA match
Not Before 9:30 pm
ATP – [WC] David Ferrer (ESP) vs [3] Alexander Zverev (GER) 

ARANTXA SANCHEZ start 12:00 noon
ATP – [6] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs [Q] Hugo Dellien (BOL) 
ATP – Laslo Djere (SRB) vs [7] Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) 
ATP – [8] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) vs [LL] Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 
ATP – [13] Borna Coric (CRO) or Lucas Pouille (FRA) vs [Q] Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs [11] Karen Khachanov (RUS) 

STADIUM 3 start 12:00 noon
WTA match
ATP – Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs Guido Pella (ARG) 
Not Before 4:00 pm
2 WTA matches
ATP – Wesley Koolhof (NED) / Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) or Marco Cecchinato (ITA) / Marton Fucsovics (HUN) vs [5] Nikola Mektic (CRO) / Franko Skugor (CRO) 

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COURT 4 start 12:00 noon
4 WTA matches
ATP – Robin Haase (NED) / Raven Klaasen (RSA) vs [2] Lukasz Kubot (POL) / Marcelo Melo (BRA) 

COURT 5 start 12:00 noon
ATP – Frances Tiafoe (USA) vs Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 
Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – Marton Fucsovics (HUN) vs [15] Gael Monfils (FRA) 
ATP – [10] Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs John Millman (AUS) or Steve Johnson (USA) 
ATP – [3] Jamie Murray (GBR) / Bruno Soares (BRA) vs Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) / Kei Nishikori (JPN) 
ATP – [6] Oliver Marach (AUT) / Mate Pavic (CRO) or Ivan Dodig (CRO) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) / Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 

COURT 6 start 12:00 noon
WTA match
ATP – Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 
WTA match
ATP – [Alt] Austin Krajicek (USA) / Artem Sitak (NZL) vs [WC] Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) / Jaume Munar (ESP) 
ATP – [8] Henri Kontinen (FIN) / John Peers (AUS) or [WC] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) / Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs Guido Pella (ARG) / Joua Sousa (POR) 
ATP – Kyle Edmund (GBR) / Neal Skupski (GBR) vs Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / Horia Tecau (ROU) 

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