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Madrid Open 2016 Draw: Federer in Nadal's Quarter

Spain's tennis great Rafael Nadal will continue his role as the national flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games, the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) announced on Wednesday.

"Everyone and anyone can be beaten, but at the moment Novak's consistency is making him just that little bit harder to beat", said Murray.

Yet, despite Djokovic's dominance over the past year, Murray believes the 11-time Grand Slam champion can be stopped in the tournament that starts tomorrow.

The 29-year-old Nadal did not win any of the four Grand Slam events or nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in 2015, the first season since 2004 that he failed to capture any of tennis' biggest titles.

A four-time champion in Madrid, Nadal heads to the Spanish capital following back-to-back wins in Barcelona and Monte Carlo as he gears up for next month's French Open.

1 Novak Djokovic won the 11th Grand Slam of his career in Melbourne earlier this year when he lifted the Australian Open for the sixth time to equal Roy Emerson's record for the most number of titles at the event. Even the title was not won at his fortress Roland Garros. However the next two weeks will be the perfect Litmus test as to whether Nadal can lift 'La Decima'. Aside from his defeat to Dimitrov, Djokovic's only loss of the year came from a match retirement at the Dubai Tennis Championship.

"He likes to play from the back of the court, he has incredibly consistent ground strokes, so he likes to draw the points out". I had to do that because there is a time when I had to say that's it. It's enough. Nishikori and Ferrer have reached the final at Madrid in 2014 and 2012, respectively. In the Indian Wells, he was cut short by Djokovic in the semis again. I'll go with Sock as Federer's third round opponent and I like Fed's chances in that matchup as he finds Sock's weaknesses too readily. Let me know in the comments. However in their last match, the Spaniard matched Djokovic shot for shot, that was at least in the first set before the Serb strolled through the second set.

Before Roland Garros, he is due to play in both Madrid and Rome and those tournaments should give him a better idea of where he stands in the pecking order. Virtually it guarantees a no-Djokovic meeting until the final of the upcoming events.



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