Tsitsipas, Alcaraz, Ruud Lead Nadal-Less Barcelona

by Staff | April 18th, 2022, 12:42 pm
  • No Comments

The Barcelona title will be up for grabs. With 12-time champion Rafael Nadal still recovering from a rib injury, someone will win their first Barcelona title come Sunday.

Monte Carlo champion Stefanos Tsitsipas is the odds-on favorite. The Greek is a 2-time Barcelona finalist losing both times to Nadal, last year in a thriller 7-5 in the third.

Teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz has given his Spanish fans hopes of tennis success post-Rafa. The 18-year-old Alcaraz stumbled in his clay opener last week, but is the best chance for Spain to keep the title in country.

Casper Ruud, who lost to Alcaraz in the Miami final, is in the 48-man field along with Felix Auger-Aliassime, Pablo Carreno Busta, Cameron Norrie and Grigor Dimitrov.

Tsitsipas could face Monte Carlo semifinalist Dimitrov in the third round, then Alcaraz in the quarters then Norrie, Alex De Minaur or Albert Ramos Vinolas in the semifinals.

In the bottom half, Ruud is seeded second with a Diego Schwartzman his projected semifinal opponent.

Ruud could get Alexander Bublik in the third round and then Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarters. Schwartzman might see Dan Evans in his third round with Sebastian Korda, Auger-Aliassime or Frances Tiafoe in the last eight.

Lorenzo Musetti has already advanced to the second round after a good win today over Sebastian Baez.

The Top 16 seeds get byes.

You Might Like:
Tsitsipas v Alcaraz Showdown Looms Friday In Barcelona
Alcaraz To Face Tsitsipas For Barcelona Title
Alcaraz Defends Barcelona Title, Powers Past Tsitsipas
Alcaraz Advances Past RBA, Meets ADF In QFs Fri in Barcelona; Tsitsipas Wins
Carlos Alcaraz’s Right Arm Still An Issue, Withdraws From Barcelona

Don't miss any tennis action, stay connected with Tennis-X

Get the FREE TX daily newsletter

Comments are closed.

Top story: Alcaraz Dominates Djokovic For 2nd Wimbledon Title, 4th Grand Slam