After skipping Barcelona last year as a precaution for his knee, Spanish tennis hero Rafael Nadal returns the the Open Banc Sabadell.
Nadal has won the Barcelona the last five times he’s entered, but this year the draw is stocked with talented players like David Ferrer and Robin Soderling who is the last player to beat Nadal on the red clay at the French Open fourth round in 2009. Andy Murray has just withdrawn from the tournament.
Nadal is also in near-perfect form after dismissing Ferrer 64, 75 in the Monte Carlo final Sunday.
Yesterday, Nadal met with the press in Barcelona, and talked about his clay streak and his battle with Novak Djokovic for the No. 1 ranking.
“Every year I did a fantastic clay court season,” Nadal said. “I have to try to do it another time. With these four or five tournaments, if I am playing very well, I’m going to have the biggest chances to have enough points to try to be in the top position at the end of the year ranking.”
He added, “I’m not invincible. I’ve lost before and there are still a lot more games to lose. Things have gone well the past few years but nobody is perfect.”
During the presser Nadal with the Association of Tennis Journalists Award 2010 by the Spanish media.
In his first match tomorrow Nadal will play Daniel Gimeno-Traver.
Here’s some more videos of Rafa in Barcelona:
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