Nadal Clay Win Streak Up To 15 As Djokovic Stumbles Again Today In Barcelona; Nishikori In Pain
by Staff | April 25th, 2018, 9:09 pm

Rafael Nadal kept it rolling in his opening match in Barcelona today. Seeking an 11th Barcelona title, Nadal picked up his 15th straight win on clay after dismissing countryman Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 6-4.

Nadal has now won a record 38 straight sets on the surface and in Barcelona, has won recorded a 54-3 mark.

Meanwhile, Nadal’s (former) rival Novak Djokovic was stunned by the 140th-ranked qualifier Martin Klizan 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. Djokovic, who was playing in his first Barcelona event since 2006, has now lost five of his last seven matches.

β€œI feel I haven’t lived up to your expectations, not even my own,” said Djokovic who lost for a third time in the opening round of an event in 2018.

“I have not played at my level,” he added. “In the second set I improved considerably, but I need to find more rhythm. I will continue fighting. From now on I have to be more patient and work hard to increase my level.”

Klizan broke Djokovic at 4-3 then served it out for his first win over the Serb.

Grigor Dimitrov, Pablo Carreno Busta, Dominic Thiem and Karen Khachanov were also winners.

Tomorrow, Nadal will face another countryman in Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Dimitrov duels Malek Jaziri and Pablo Andujar battles Roberto Bautista Agut.

Garcia Lopez advanced Wednesday when his opponent, Kei Nishikori, retired due to wrist pain after dropping the first set 6-3. Nishikori had been sidelined with that right injury, however has played a lot of tennis after reaching the finals in Monte Carlo on Sunday.

“My expectations grew in Monte Carlo, despite losing to Nadal,” Nishikori said. “However, I started feeling discomfort again during the first set and I did not want to take any risks.”

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27 Comments for Nadal Clay Win Streak Up To 15 As Djokovic Stumbles Again Today In Barcelona; Nishikori In Pain

lylenubbins Says:

If Rafa wins today, he has Klizan in the quarters, should be interesting.

Klizan is a lefty dirtballer. He was promoted as one of the top young players a few years ago, not sure what happened but he played lights out against Novak.

RZ Says:

Now that Tommy Haas has officially retired, I guess Nishikori is the new president of the Injury Club.

SG1 Says:

Raonic and Nishikori definitely in the running for President…:)

Humble Rafa Says:

President of the Injury Club is not something you can attain with a few injuries. Trust me, I tried.

I had no chance. Haas man could get hurt while talking to you, talk about dedication to the cause.

Canadia and Asia Man can apply for lower level positions like account entry clerk at the Club and hope that they can move up to more senior positions in the future.

Humble Rafa Says:

Haas is President Emeritus of the Club and is consulted on all matters of importance. He will laugh at these guys.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

HR, I try to stay out of politics, but those are excellent points. Raonic and Nishikori need to show more long term dedication to the craft. There’s more to it than tournaments missed, though that gets the headlines. Are they maximally using injury timeouts? Retirements when losing? Leg grasping after losing points?

Tennis Vagabond Says:

More straight-sets won record-breaking from Rafa.

Okiegal Says:

I want to apply for the senior position at the Club……..we all know why! Lol I hope it’s a prestigious one!

Van Persie Says:

Many posts from HR are hilarious. This is how I imagine a “stoned” Rafa :)

Daniel Says:

Nadal road will be Lizan QF, Goffin / Agut semis and Grigor / Thiem final.

Hard to seem him lose, unless he plays a few three setters or long matches and somehow feels the weight or 10 matches in 12 days.

But if nobody can even make 5 games in a single set in last 38 sets he played, hard to bet agaisnt him. At least this week players are able to hold in ealry games, last week he was more commanding. Will see next matches.

AndyMira Says:

Lol Daniel!…U reach a new height with your spelling today!Lizan in Malay is a girls name!…Hahaha….Klizan will pee’d & poo’d if he knows u make him a ‘women’!..Hehehe…

Okiegal Says:

@Van Persie 1:48….,,,Good one……I laughed out loud for real!

Okiegal Says:

Settle down Mira…….Daniel might have an eye problem like an old woman you know from Oklahoma…..cut him some slack!! πŸ‘“πŸ‘“πŸ‘“


AndyMira Says:

Miss Okie 4:34pm…Oh!…i will Miss Okie!…Daniel!Please continue enlightened us with your error strewn post…U don’t have to be a comedian to make us laugh..your words did that for u!

Daniel Says:


I actually got myopia surgery (lasik) and fell in the 5% that don’t zero it. Lucky me!


At least it made me learn something new: Lizan;-)

AndyMira Says:

Daniel…Sorry to hear about your eyes okay?And yeah…Lizan is truely a beautiful women name in Malay…and i always enjoy your post Daniel..spelling error & all that…

Okiegal Says:

@Daniel….. We’re just teasing you……I love your comments and will continue to read your posts! Sorry the procedure did not help you very much…….I have got to get my cataract seen to soon……putting it off…..

Daniel Says:

Same back at you Oki, like your wits a lot!
Take care of cataract. One year my mother was ok, the next she made a check up and had to undergo immediately surgery. It evolves pretty quick.

Thanks AM! Like your positive attitude also, keep it up!

AndyMira Says:

Daniel!…Hehehe..U too Bro!!

Okiegal Says:

@Daniel……….Gracias! Yes……I’ve got to to the πŸ‘ Doctor……πŸ˜–πŸ˜–πŸ˜–

Okiegal Says:

^^^^ got to go to the……. so dreading it….

Willow Says:

Hope everything goes okay Okie xx

Margot Says:

Good luck OKie!

Giles Says:

Oki. Wishing the best of luck. Hope everything goes OK for OKI. 😊

AndyMira Says:

Okie certainly needs a lot of luck & good wishes from us guys!…She told me this morning that her vision is getting blurry with each passing days..

Czarlazar Says:

Latest from Europe: A noted Swiss nutritionist believes Novak Djokovic is suffering from Orthorexia Nervosa, basically a clean eating obsession. Definitely worth firing up Google Translate for this one:

From my layperson’s perspective, the diagnosis rings true. The good news is should Nole become willing to change his diet, he can be back to normal weight and top condition within 3 to 6 weeks. Probably a pipe dream considering the psychological vice grip Jelena and Pepe have him in.

Czarlazar Says:

Quote from Nole at bottom of the article translates awkwardly into English, but it gives you the idea, and makes me skeptical he’d consider abandoning veganism, unfortunately:

“My diet is mostly based on a plant basis, as I eat fish and eggs as sources of protein. Not to enter details, but in plant foods there are many sources of protein, although many know only about meat, which in our culture is an indispensable food. In August 2015, I decided not to eat meat. I have my own reasons, what is ethical, what is health. I do not want to go back to meat at all, nor undergo pressure.”

Spoken like a true believer. It’s also worth noting that Nole eats fish very infrequently and in small quantities, to the point of being insignificant. And this is how he’s fueling his body to meet the huge physical demands of pro tennis.

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