The 2017 China Open in Beijing is set to serve up a mouthwatering feast of tennis during the weeklong National Day holiday.
Nadal will hope to play against German world No 4 Alexander Zverev and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.
The biggest combined tournament in Asia swings into main-draw action at the National Tennis Center in the north of the capital on Saturday, with a glittering cast – featuring six current or former world No 1s and 10 Grand Slam champions – battling for a share of the $9.41 million prize purse. Both singles finals take place on Oct 8.
In the women’s draw, all eyes will be on five-time major champion Sharapova in her first appearance at an Asian tournament since returning from a drug suspension in April.
Other big names in the women’s event include world No 1 and this year’s Wimbledon winner Garbine Muguruza, former world No 1 Karolina Pliskova and reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens.