Nadal Wins 35th Straight At Barcelona, Ferrer Crashes Out; Raonic v Gulbis Thursday
by Staff | April 24th, 2013, 5:36 pm
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It was a mixed day for Spaniards at their home Barcelona event. After suffering a loss in the Monte Carlo final Sunday, Rafael Nadal got his game back on track on Wednesday easily dispatching Carlos Berlocq 6-4, 6-2 in his opening match.

“The conditions today weren’t comfortable,” said Nadal. “There was a very changeable wind that made it difficult to play at a high level. The most important thing is to accept the situation and move forward.”

Nadal has now won 35 straight matches at the event and tomorrow meets Benoit Paire. And Rafa’s march to an 8th title got a little easier when top seed David Ferrer flamed out to qualifier and fellow 30+ Dmitry Tursunov 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.

Ferrer, who was playing his first match since the Miami loss to Andy Murray in the final, called it one of his worst losses.

“It was the worst match that I’ve played in the last couple of years,” said the top-seeded Ferrer. “I lost the third set too fast. He was better today and more aggressive in the third. I just did not feel good on the court today.”

A four-time runner-up, Ferrer was seeded No. 1 for the first time in his career at the tournament. Ferrer’s loss also brightens the hopes of the fifth-ranked Nadal moving into the Top 4 by the French Open.

Nicolas Almagro, Juan Monaco and Milos Raonic were also winners on the day. Tomorrow, Roanic faces Ernests Gulbis.

PISTA CENTRAL start 11:00
[10] J Chardy (FRA) vs [7] J Monaco (ARG)

Not Before 13:30
[4] N Almagro (ESP) vs [15] M Granollers (ESP)
[13] B Paire (FRA) vs [2] R Nadal (ESP)
T Robredo (ESP) vs [3] T Berdych (CZE)
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)


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34 Comments for Nadal Wins 35th Straight At Barcelona, Ferrer Crashes Out; Raonic v Gulbis Thursday

Steve 27 Says:

The most important thing is the victory, and with more matches, Nadal will be a full in RG waiting a epic confrontation with Djokovic.


skeezer Says:

Victory? This Tourney? Lol.


Steve 27 Says:

Barcelona has more prestige than Basel, Lol


Miki Says:

“Nadal has now won 35 straight matches at the event and tomorrow meets Benoit Paire. And Rafa’s march to an 8th title got a little easier when top seed David Ferrer flamed out to qualifier and fellow 30+ Dmitry Tursunov 7-5, 3-6, 6-1″

LOL, like Ferrer was a threat to Nadal, especially here at Barcelona….


skeezer Says:

Who’s comparing? Apparently you are.

Anybody in the top 10 playing?


Miki Says:

Skeezer, I guess you are referring to Steve 27?


skeezer Says:

^yep


skeezer Says:

This tourney should have just played an 8 game pro set and be done with it. Next.


Kimberly Says:

This is a very tough time of year for me. I envy the Murray fan from Denver who can say, wow Andy made a Roland garros semi or final great performance, Denver made the conference final or semi great year.

For me, nadal and the heat it’s championship or total failure.


Kimberly Says:

^^^^there is no other outcome that is ok^^^^


Kimberly Says:

Skeezer! There are some decent clay courtiers plus Berdych and Raonic in the field. It’s not a masters field granted but an above average clay court field for a 500. Stronger than hamburg will be.


skeezer Says:

You’ve got Birdsh!t, Roanic, and Gulbus( who hasn’t been playing bad as late), BUT all will be gone except one in the semis. So Rafa will probably have 1 challenging match(semi) in the tournament. Guess as a fan was expecting a better turnout for a 500, and surely its not Rafa’s fault.


jane Says:

Speaking of Gulbis, I read this in Jenkins’ SI column and had to laugh, sigh and nod – all at once. ;)

“Gulbis: My goodness, what a punk. And what a show. It’s can’t-miss theater when he takes the court, for you’re likely to get a combination of mind-blowing ability and preposterous behavior (Gulbis slammed his racket against the umpire’s chair in Monte Carlo, sat down for a pouting spell and drew a reprimand from opponent Juan Monaco). He really should stop acting like a spoiled kid and get it together, because his results indicate something big to come.”


skeezer Says:

“^^^^there is no other outcome that is ok^^^^”

For me its the Warriors, Giants, Niners and anything FedOle.

But, its the time of year where the Heat and Rafa dominate. I call it Kimberly season ;)


Kimberly Says:

Surprised Murray didn’t play. Soldering used to play too. Fed and Novak never played. Novak used to play Serbia and I remember fed showed up once in estoril (clearly for appearance fee and put in a deplorable performance losing to Montanes). Well I guess u still have almagro on the other side too unless he flames out also which is of course entirely possible/likely.


Kimberly Says:

Jane, I watched gulbis play in delray beach against haas. He was so unpleasant that the whole stadium was rooting for haas. Cursing big time. Very surly. But Haas came pretty unglued too but in a less unpleasant way. Haas just seemed unstable while gulbis just seemed like a jerk. Similar arrogance and demeanor to Berdych. And not nice to the ball kids.


Kimberly Says:

Skeezer, you see you can root for the warriors (great series btw, for sure to be best first round series of the playoffs and nice win last night) and if they win this series and maybe even the next you would be ecstatic. For us it’s championship or total complete utter failure. There is no other outcome. It is total pressure for me as the heat and rafa are overwhelming favorites and nothing other than outright victory in crushing form is really an acceptable result.


Ben Pronin Says:

Almost ironically, the heat are more of a shoe-in than Nadal as of now.

Why compare Barcelona and Basel? They’re both 500s. I feel like they’ve both had their fair share of great draws and not so great draws. And most importantly Barcelona is to Nadal as Basel is to Federer. It’s pretty awesome that two semi-decent events are so important to two all time greats.


jane Says:

It’s too bad Kimberly, because I love his game, and his smile is nice too. But yeah, clearly he’s a spoiled brat.


Thomas Says:

@Jane
Gulbis can be pretty unpleasant on court(due to all the cursing,racket smashing etc) but off the court, he’s milk and honey :D(I love some of the funny quotes he gives in interviews) And when he is playing well(like he is now) his game is very good to watch too.


skeezer Says:

@K

I get that. Feel the same with the Giants and Niners. Expectations are high here.
Warriors of course just glad there in. Its been a Laker fest for Ions.


Ricky Says:

Rafa can only play who’s in front of him. Lots of masters tourneys past 6-8 months the winner played only one top 10 player. Not the winner’s fault, just how the draw opened up. Same for all tournaments.

@Thomas, you’re right on Gulbis. He’s a very funny guy. His behavior not worse than a lot of players.


Daniel Says:

I am not to get into this fans war, but compare Basel to Barcelona is a joke.

Basel had #1 and #2, or #1 and #3, or #2 and #3, meaning 2 top 3 players in last 5 years. Barcelona only got Nadal and Ferrer and They are not even top 3 right now. a joke. Previous years we had DelPo, Berdych, Nalbandian when he was still a treat. Barcelona never had anybody other Than Nadal, Ferrer and the awesome spanish armada: Verdasco, Almagro… No comparison at all.

Barcelona only win as one of the most spectacular cities in the world, hands down!:)


Humble Rafa Says:

And most importantly Barcelona is to Nadal as Basel is to Federer. It’s pretty awesome that two semi-decent events are so important to two all time greats.

As a goat owner, I can’t disagree. Barcelona is better than Basel, which is too Swiss for me.


skeezer Says:

@Ricky
Exactly.
I agree. Please tell Rafa fans. Feel exactly the same about Feds 17 slams. Fed can only meet who is in front of him. Rafa did not get through to meet Fed, cause he couldn’t. One thing about Fed durin his prime years, he didn’t back away from playing courts that didn’t suit him, not back down because Rafa entered, nor back down from mental, injury, or back or mono issues. NO excuses entering. He PLAYED, regardless.

17 all time GS titles. Sweet. Unmatchable. Unattainable,


Michael Says:

Of late, it appears Ferrer is playing well in hard courts than Clay courts.


Humble Rafa Says:

With Wimbledon’s price increase, I can relax. The huge pay raise, just by itself, will pay for Xisca’s full day of shopping in London, assuming I win the tournament.


Humble Rafa Says:

17 all time GS titles. Sweet. Unmatchable. Unattainable,

How can you be so sure? Stay off the cool-aid for a few days, then think about it.

Your Humble Highness can get there just winning FOs, even after accounting for 6 months of injury time in a year. Egg Lover can get there by winning everything for a couple of years.

All courts play the same these days. So, it won’t be hard to win 17.


jane Says:

Anyone know what happened to Rafa’s match; it looked like he was about to play Paire and then the scoreboard disappeared, but I don’t see anything in competed matches..


Margot Says:

jane…rain…;)


jane Says:

The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain… or the court, no? ;)


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t think Nadal will win 6 more French Opens… But I do agree that’s weird to say it’s unmatchable/unattainable. We have no idea. You never know what’ll happen.


Humble Rafa Says:

Looks like Rafa may have to play twice tomorrow:

Not liking the way they treat me in my own country. I am old man with weak joints. How do you expect me to play twice in a day?

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