The clay-court swing of 2018 tennis season resumes after a week's break in Madrid as the ATP Masters 1000 tournament — Madrid Open kick stars Sunday, May 6.
How to watch Madrid Open 2018 tennis on TV, online in India
The live television coverage of the clay-court tournament will be available on Sony ESPN. Sony Liv will provide the live stream of the matches.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal and former champion Novak Djokovic are two of the biggest names present in the men's singles field as the likes of Roger Federer and Andy Murray have not played on the dirt in the ongoing season.
Meanwhile, Juan Martin del Potro, who had stitched a 15-match unbeaten run early in the season when he won the Indian Wells Masters, returns to action since losing the Miami Open semi-final to John Isner.
Madrid Open men's singles draw preview
Top seed Nadal headlines the top half of the draw as the Spaniard eyes a sixth title in the clay-court tournament. The 16-time Grand Slam champion has been handed a first-round bye and will open his campaign against the winner of the first round match between Frenchman Gael Monfils and a qualifier.
Nadal is likely to face 13th seed Diego Schwartzman in the third round while a quarter-final test against fifth seed Dominic Thiem awaits the Spaniard.
Notably, Thiem was the only player to have defeated Nadal in last year's clay season but the former lost to the world number one in Monte Carlo last month.
Nadal's biggest threat will be del Potro, who already has a win against Roger Federer (Indian Wells final) this season.
Djokovic vs Nishikori in Round 1
Meanwhile, 10th seed Djokovic, who suffered a shock first-round defeat in Barcelona last month, faces a tough test as early as in the first round against Nishikori.
The world number 12 has been struggling ever since returning to competitive action following an elbow injury that hampered his Australian Open campaign.
However, a win against Nishikori, who had reached the final of Monte Carlo Masters, will give the Serb a lot of confidence.
Djokovic has a tough road to the final stages as he is likely to face eighth seed David Goffin in the third round and third seed Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-final.
Second seed Alexander Zverev, who hasn't managed to impress so far in the ongoing season, faces an early test as well as he may take on Barcelona Open finalist and wildcard Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round.
Madrid Open global TV listings and live stream
US: Tennis Channel
UK: TV - Sky Sports; Live stream: Sky Go
France: France TV
Switzerland: SRG, Teleclub
Malaysia: Astro Supersport
Predicted quarter-final line-up (Seeding in parenthesis)
- Rafael Nadal  vs Dominic Thiem 
- Juan Martin del Potro  vs Kevin Anderson 
- Novak Djokovic  vs Grigor Dimitrov 
- Alexander Zverev  vs John Isner 
Madrid Open 2018 schedule - Key matches on Sunday, May 6
Richard Gasquet vs Tomas Berdych  - 2:30 pm local time, 6 pm IST
Denis Shapovalov vs Tennys Sandgren - Not before 12:30 pm local time, 4 pm IST