Nadal Tries To Win A 12th Barcelona Title Against Tough Field With 9 Of Top 20

by Staff | April 21st, 2019, 7:58 pm

After suffering a shock loss Saturday in Monte Carlo, Rafael Nadal returns to Spain eyeing a 12th title in Barcelona.

Nadal has won his last 15 matches at the event, and overall he’s 58-3. But this year’s field is loaded, and his path is a tough.

Rafa is joined by Masters champions Dominic Thiem, Karen Khachanov and Alexander Zverev, plus 2-time champ Kei Nishikori, 2018 runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and of course Monte Carlo winner Fabio Fognini who just beat Nadal.

But the only Nadal-Fognini rematch would come in the final.

Nadal could open against Leonardo Mayer, then Lucas Pouille with Tsitsipas in the quarters and Dominic Thiem in the semifinals.

Also in the draw are Canadian youngsters Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime, Frances Tiafoe, Christian Garin, Reilly Opelka and Jaume Munar.

Spanish great David Ferrer will play his final Barcelona event. The 37-year-old wildcard entrant is set to retire in Madrid.

Young Spaniard Nicola Kuhn also received a wildcard as did Feliciano Lopez who faces countryman and 2010 champ Fernando Verdasco in the first round.

The projected 4th round: 1 Nadal-15 Pouille, 10 Goffin-5 Tsitsipas, 3 Thiem-14 Tiafoe, 12 Carreno Busta-6 Khachanov, 9 Fognini-9 Shapovalov, 16 Auger-Aliassime- 4 Nishikori, 7 Medvedev-11 Simon, 13 Dimitrov-2 Zverev.

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6 Comments for Nadal Tries To Win A 12th Barcelona Title Against Tough Field With 9 Of Top 20

tennismonger Says:

As Humble Rafa might remark, “Hmmm…how does one say ‘tomato cans’ in Spanish?” ;-)

fred stone Says:

And the delayer loses the first set to Mayer 7-6 (9-7).

All Out Says:

Forget the tournament. He’s tanking a match to a guy with a single handed backhand.
I have seen him play defensively in 2011 and poorly in 2015. He’s playing absolute garbage this year.
He’s making mediocre players(by his lofty standards on clay) look fantastic.
Let’s hope this is just a blip on the radar and he is ready for Roland garros.Vamos!!

skeezer Says:

Rafa is on his way to win the 2nd set, and most likely the 3rd. He’ll get through. Have to agree though he doesn’t look that great. First time that have seen him look venerable in Clay seasons in which he usually dominates overall. Rafa fans should take note his footwork is the key.

Tennis Fan Says:

Players have been very quiet on the Justin Gimelstob situation.

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