Nadal Hopes To Rebound In Barcelona; Tsitsipas, Rublev Could Meet In SF

by Staff | April 18th, 2021, 6:52 pm
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After a shockingly poor performance in a quarterfinal loss Friday to Andrey Rublev in Monte Carlo, Rafael Nadal will hope to regain his footing on his favorite surface in Barcelona this week.

The King of Clay has won this title 11 times already, will again will the big favorite. Though the field is tough with Monte Carlo champion Stefanos Tsitsipas seeded second, Rublev third followed by Diego Schwartzman, Roberto Bautista Agut, Pablo Carreno Busta, Denis Shapovalov, and David Goffin.

Fabio Fognini, Dan Evans, Jannik Sinner, Cristian Garin and Karen Khachanov are also in the draw.

Nadal could face Garin in the third round, Khachanov or Goffin in the quarters before Schwartzman in the semifinals.

Projected quarterfinals: Nadal-Schwartzman, Schwartzman-PCB, RBA-Rublev, Shapovalov-Tsitipas.

Tsitsipas, who lost to Nadal in the 2018 Barcelona final, is slated to face Alex De Minaur in the third round and then potentially the Shapovalov-Felix Auger Aliassime winner in the quarters.

Jannik Sinner, Lorenzo Musetti and Carlos Alcaraz are just some of the teens to watch in Spain. Sinner opens against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga while Musetti meets Feliciano Lopez and Alcaraz takes on Frances Tiafoe.

In 2019, Dominic Thiem cruised past Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-0 in the final.

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