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Rafael Nadal set to defend Argentina Open title; Can Spanish pro avoid another early upset?

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Can Rafael Nadal bounce back from a poor performance in his most recent tournament? The Spanish pro is set to face quality opposition at the 2016 Argentina Open where he plays for the first time since his disappointing first round loss at the 2016 Australian Open.

All eyes are on Nadal, who is currently the World No. 5, as fans and tennis experts alike are excited if the former World No. 1 still has what it takes to perform at a top level in the ATP  tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Seeded players in this tournament include David Ferrer (Spain), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France), John Isner (Unite States), Dominic Thiem (Austria), Fabio Fognini (Italy), Alexander Dolgopolov (Ukraine) and Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay).

Other players include Juan Monaco (Argentina), who will have the crowd behind him and Spain’s Nicolas Almagro and Fernando Verdasco, who was responsible for Nadal’s early exit at the Australian Open.

Verdasco beat Nadal in five sets, 7-6 (6) 4-6 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-2. The loss was painful for Nadal, who had a two to one set lead but lost the close fourth set and was dominated in the fifth and final set.

The 29-year-old Nadal, who has struggled with injuries the past two ATP seasons, is the defending champion at the Argentina Open winning in 2015. Nadal beat Monaco, 6-4 6-1 in the championship round last year.

Nadal is safely through the second round in this tournament as the first four seeds have earned a first round bye.

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