He could then face Czech Tomas Berdych before a quarter-final date with Kei Nishikori or Rome Masters champion Alexander Zverev, and then third seed Stan Wawrinka, who he beat in the semi-finals a year ago.
"I'm ranked number one in the world, so there are worse positions to be in".More news: New GAME Act drafted to repeal federal ban on sports betting
Should the 30-year-old progress, he would face either Slovakia's Martin Klizan or French wild card Laurent Lokoli in the next round before a potential blockbuster in the third round against 29th seed Juan Martin del Potro, should he recover from injury problems in time.
Several top names will not feature in this year's tournament as 18-time grand slam champion Roger Federer is skipping the claycourt season, two-time champion Maria Sharapova was denied a wild card after returning from a doping ban, and three-time victor Serena Williams is expecting a child.More news: Salman Abedi: brothers and father held
Defending champion Garbine Muguruza was handed a tricky first round as she will take on the 2010 champion, Italian Francesca Schiavone.
Konta could meet Simona Halep or Elina Svitolina in the semi-final, but having beaten the former both times in previous meetings but losing twice to the latter, anything could happen should she make it that far, though Halep would have an easier run-in to this stage of the tournament. That was one of the biggest, of course.
"At the end of the day for me the only important thing is arrive here, play well".
"But my wife (Steffi Graf) said you should go, you will love it".More news: Chaffetz Miffed By FBI's Deferral Of His Request For Comey's Trump Memos
Nadal, who was forced to withdraw from last year's Roland Garros with a wrist injury after two rounds, has already reached the magical 10 titles number this year at the claycourt events in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
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