Nadal Goes for 11 at ATP Barcelona Open; Preview
by Staff | April 21st, 2018, 11:46 am

Two-time defending champion Rafael Nadal will attempt a record-setting 11th title at the Barcelona Open, where Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic attempt to find their games on the dirt after returns from injury.
BARCELONA, Spain; surface: clay

Seeds: Rafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin, Pablo Carreno Busta, Novak Djokovic, Diego Schwartzman, Roberto Bautista Agut, Chung Hyeon, Albert Ramos Vinolas, Adrian Mannarino, Feliciano Lopez, Andrey Rublev, Kei Nishikori, Fernando Verdasco, Karen Khachanov

Floaters: Ivo Karlovic, Tommy Robredo, Stefano Tsitsipas, Joao Sousa, Pablo Cuevas, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Gilles Simon


4 of the Top 10 in attendance in the 48-player field where all 16 seeds receive opening-round byes…

Interesting starts for (8) Bautista Agut vs. the Karlovic/Robredo winner, (7) Schwartzman vs. the rising Tsitsipas, the back-from-injury (3) Thiem vs. Sousa, (11) Mannarino vs. the veteran Cuevas, and (2) Dimitrov vs. the Kohlschreiber/Simon winner…

(1) Nadal looking at the wrist-addled (14) Nishikori 3rd rd. then (6) Djokovic then (4) Goffin…

Wildcards were awarded to Djokovic and Spaniards Marcel Granollers, Pedro Martinez, Jaume Munar and Robredo…

Pulling from the tournament were Kevin Anderson, David Ferrer and Horacio Zeballos…

Former winners in the field are the 10-time champion Nadal (2017-16,’13-11,’09-05), Nishikori (2015-14), Verdasco (2010), and Robredo (2004).


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5 Comments for Nadal Goes for 11 at ATP Barcelona Open; Preview

Van Persie Says:

Should be a very interesting week.
Am sure, Rafa is not very tired , as he performed efficiently last week
Curious how Kei and Thiem will perform.
Perhaps we will enjoy a Nole-Rafa QF on Friday :) This would be the best test for Nole on clay.

j-kath Says:

VP: When Kei gets tired and loses, Kei remains tired for quite a while. Thiem? – hasn’t he got an elbow niggle?

Yes, let’s have Rafa-Nole match.

Van Persie Says:

Yep, J-K,

forgot that Chung plays in Barcelona as well, think he’s in the other half. Lazy to check :)

RZ Says:

Thiem’s half looks very manageable.
Tougher opponents are in the top half but no one will be a match for Rafa.

Czarlazar Says:

The only Rafa/Nole match we’ll be seeing for now will be on Nintendo or Play Station. Djokovic is finished as a player unless he dumps the vegan diet and weirdos around him, gains 10 kg and regains the power in his strokes and attitude which has now vanished.

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