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Paris Masters: Rafael Nadal with Djokovic; Alcaraz in same half

Rafael Nadal news: It’s time for the last and final Masters 1000 tournament of the calendar year, as the Paris Masters on Friday revealed the draw for the 2022 tournament, which will begin on October 31 at the Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy.

Rafael Nadal will return to action at the tournament and it will be his first appearance in competitive tennis since his early exit from the US Open.

Novak Djokovic, who already won two titles earlier this month, and reigning world number one Carlos Alcaraz will also be drawn.

Alacarz was seeded No.1 and has both Andrey Rublev and Hubert Hurkacz in his quarter, although he will only have to face one of them if he makes it to the quarter-finals, before which he must negate the looming threat of Matteo Berrettini. third round. Meanwhile, Holger Rune, who recently won his second career title in Stockholm, will face Stan Wawrinka in his opening round.

The second half of the draw could see a potential blockbuster quarter-final clash between 2020 champion Daniil Medvedev and Felix Auger-Aliassim, who has been on a winning streak with title wins in Florence and Antwerp.

However, both face a third-round hurdle ahead of the quarter-hour clash, with Medvedev likely to face Frances Tiafoe, while Felix will be up against Taylor Fritz.

The other half of the draw features both six-time winner and defending champion Novak Djokovic and 22-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal. Djokovic faces an early threat from Jannik Sinner in the third round and could face one between Marin Cilic and Casper Ruud in the quarter-finals.

Nadal, on the other hand, who is seeking his first ever Paris Masters title, could face compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round before setting up a showdown with Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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