With Rafael Nadal passing up on playing Barcelona, it has been a rather slow week of tennis. But things are heating back up on the tennis courts as we head into Rome on Monday.
Tomorrow in the Barcelona quarterfinals we have a couple decent matches with Fernando Verdasco and Ernests Gulbis battling, and before that Tomaz Bellucci will challenge David Ferrer.
Verdsaco and Gulbis have never played before in this showdown of two of the tour’s biggest bashers. Verdasco just reached the final in Monte Carlo while Gulbis, who was hot indoors in February, has again found his form this week – the Latvian hasn’t dropped a set.
Bellucci is a guy a lot of people are picking as a darkhorse at the French Open next month and with a win over the sturdy Ferrer the Brazilian would engender further acclaim.
Also, Eduardo Schwank “The Tank” meets Robin Soderling and arguably the best new face of the 2010 season, Thiemo de Bakker, tries to keep it going against JW Tsonga.
PISTA CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
 T Bellucci (BRA) vs  D Ferrer (ESP)
Not Before 2:45 PM
E Gulbis (LAT) vs  [WC] F Verdasco (ESP)
E Schwank (ARG) vs  R Soderling (SWE)
T de Bakker (NED) vs  J Tsonga (FRA)
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