Nadal Might Have To Play Two On Friday In Rainy Barcelona; Sharapova Needs 3 Hours To Win Stuttgart
by Staff | April 25th, 2013, 11:08 pm

Rafael Nadal will be a busy man Friday in Barcelona. Nadal, who has won 35 straight matches and the last seven titles at the event, will have to win two matches tomorrow to stay alive in the tournament.

Because of rains on Thursday, Nadal’s match against Benoit Paire was rescheduled to tomorrow. If Rafa wins and the forecast does improve – which it’s not suppose to – he’ll face the winner of the Albert Ramos-Kei Nishikori match in the quarters later in the afternoon.

Before the weather hit, Nicolas Almagro, Juan Monaco and Tomaz Bellucci all advanced.

In Bucharest, Serbs Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki are in the quarters along with Gilles Simon and Florian Mayer.

On the WTA, the stars are in Stuttgart where new Porsche spokeswoman Maria Sharapova needed 3 hours, 9 minutes to outlast Lucia Safarova 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.

“I knew today was going to be difficult – I was playing a good opponent with tremendous results on clay, and in general she’s not an easy opponent to play against,” the world No. 2 Sharapova said. “I needed to be ready. And there were some things I was disappointed with – I don’t think I took advantage of some of the shorter serves she hit, especially on her second serve – that’s something I’ll definitely be working on.

“But no matter how long it took today, I’m happy I got myself through this match.”

In the quarters tomorrow Sharapova meets fellow starlet Ana Ivanovic, Li Na faces Petra Kvitova and Germans Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki are also in action.

No. 4 seed and former French Open finalist Sara Errani was upset by Bethanie Mattek-Sands who now gets Lisicki. Seeds Sam Stosur (Jankovic) and Caroline Wozniacki lost earlier in the week.


PISTA CENTRAL start 10:30
[13] B Paire (FRA) vs [2] R Nadal (ESP) 00
T Robredo (ESP) vs [3] T Berdych (CZE)
[4] N Almagro (ESP) vs [7] J Monaco (ARG)
[6] K Nishikori (JPN) or A Ramos (ESP) vs [13] B Paire (FRA) or [2] R Nadal (ESP)
J Monaco (ARG) / K Nishikori (JPN) vs [2] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) – After Suitable rest

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31 Comments for Nadal Might Have To Play Two On Friday In Rainy Barcelona; Sharapova Needs 3 Hours To Win Stuttgart

Ahsan Najeeb Says:

What if rain washes out today’s play also??.. Will Rafa play 4 matches in two days???

skeezer Says:

Like I said, a tourney worthy of an 8 game pro set.

Giles Says:

^^^ More prize money than Basel that’s for sure.

skeezer Says:

^what does that have to do with Basel? WTF?

Giles Says:

^^^ You are downgrading Barcelona for no reason. They are both 500 events

Giles Says:


skeezer Says:


noogie Says:

Is Giles for real? Jackass hillbilly

jane Says:

I see Milos beat Gulbis and Robredo beat Berdych, who doesn’t seem to be having a great clay season thus far.

Kimberly. Says:

I watched the draft last night, instead of heat game or barcelona replay of Almagro. More interesting.

jane Says:

Raonic is playing Robredo now – both are on double duty as well. So far they are on serve. I think Robredo has a good chance given he is in form and this is clay, but it’d be nice to see Milos get this win. 2-all

jane Says:

Milos with the first break. To serve @ 4-3.

jane Says:

Milos blows his lead and loses the set in a tiebreaker. Doubt he’ll win the match now. Robredo is the more accomplished in any case.

Giles Says:

Two matches played, two matches won. Vamos Rafa!!

jane Says:

An impressive effort from Milos; in the end, he beat Gulbis and Robredo back-to-back – and both of them are good players: Gulbis in general and Robredo on clay in particular.

the DA Says:

Let’s see how Milos does tomorrow. Potentially a juicy match.

Julia Says:

skeezer, you have meade fun of the Barcelona tourney on other threads. Like Ben said, Barcelona is as special to Spain as Basel is to the Swiss. They are both 500 tourneys. No need to downgrade one or the other. This is the premier tourney in Spain and that is why you see mostly Spanish players. Royalty show up along with many celebrities. Much like Basel, alot of Swiss players and many stars show up.

Steve 27 Says:

Julia, skeezer is a lost case. Dont pay attention with him.

Steve 27 Says:

Nadal Raonic could be a good match tomorrow.

Kimberly Says:

Skeezer thinks they should just play an 8 game pro set not to waste anyone’s time. It’s not THAT a bad field, if Murray had showed up like he usually does it would have been stronger. Soderling used to play it too. Novak never played it because he had the Serbia open. It’s certainly better than estoril. Although, I would imagine a 500 in the heart of the clay court season would inspire a larger turnout too.

Kimberly Says:

EIther way, Nadal, Raonic, and Almagro are all strong. While I love Kohlschreiber he really is a quarter final contender at best.

Alex Says:

Give me a break!

Skeezer gets shat on for retaliating against a certain rude Nadal fan called Giles. Whilst Giles has license to talk as much shit as he wants…even on Fed threads…Typical Rafa fan agenda…

Jajaja keep going…Psychological loonies…

You’ll back anyone that suits your priority…should call yourselves the Monsanto group…or those Big rip off companies like Poker Stars that take poor peoples cash for a living….have a shot of booz in Rafas name while you at it…and keep supporting these spineless jerks! I have no problem with Nadal…its this Fans that make us wanna tear our eyes out!

Alex Says:


mat4 Says:


I agree.

Kimberly Says:

I thought the eight game pro set comment was funny.

mat4 Says:


Indeed, it is..

Jeremy Cash Says:

Guys, Giles has a valid point. He made an insightful comment, well informed & balanced, coming from a calm & stable place….
Pfffffft!! Hahahaha!! Sorry, I can’t keep a straight face anymore.
Kimberly is dead on – skeezer was only making a wry comment that was meant to be funny in saying nadal is a shoe-in. And he is, no doubt.
Giles is a d!ckhead, plain & simple. If his favorite colour was red and you said you preferred blue, he’d throw a queen-sized hissy fit.
Grow up Giles, your age is showing.
But back to tennis: no excuses for rafa at all now – he’s playing very, very well. It would be disappointing if he still said he wasn’t 100%; I don’t like Berdy’s chances at the FO this year; Raonic’s clay game is looking to be coming together.

skeezer Says:

@kimberly & mat4
I am guessing by some of the responses no one (except u 2) knew what an 8 game pro set was, and whay it is used for ;)

Ricky Says:

Barca is a mess for Rafa and some of the other players with so many double matches. It can’t be easy for these guys. Why can’t the tournament extend it for an extra day? That will be the best alternative than to having these guys slugging it out.

Kimberly Says:

The Williams had to do it (win two matches in a day) recently in charleston, both of them. They had four consecutive Williams matches on center court.

Some of the amateur tournaments down here make you do it. I find it tough, very bad headaches from the sun and the stress.

Ben Pronin Says:

The same thing happened last year in Toronto. Honestly I don’t see what the big deal is. Junior tournaments are played over 2-3 days (the weekend) where players, sometimes, play Friday night, early Saturday morning, then Saturday afternoon, then again Sunday. And sometimes twice on Sunday if it’s a particularly big draw. If 10-18 year olds can do it, I’m sure the pros are fine.

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