Rafael Nadal looks set for a rematch with South Africa’s Lloyd Harris at the Masters1000 event in Toronto next week.
The Spanish world No 3 was upset 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 by Harris at the ATP 500-level event in Washington this past week.
But Nadal and Harris were again paired in the same half of the draw in Toronto.
Nadal has a bye in his first match and if Harris, the world No 50, can beat a qualifier in his opening match there will be a rematch with the 20-time Grand Slam winner.
Nadal was struggling with a foot injury in Washington but said after the Harris defeat that he felt better.
“Best news, the foot was better,” Nadal told reporters. “I was able to move a bit better, so that’s very important, especially for me personally, to keep enjoying the sport and keep having energy, believing that important things are possible.”
Nadal has won the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers trophy five times: twice in Toronto and three times in Montreal as the event alternates host cities every year.
Defending champion Nadal is the second seed at the event, with world No 2 Daniil Medvedev the top seed.
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