The Barcelona Open is the ATP World Tour 500 clay-court event which is heartily beloved by all Spaniards. ATP top players hardly attend it but the best Spanish athletes never miss it. Rafael Nadal has lifted the trophy eight times in nine years until Kei Nishikori ended the streak in 2014 and successfully defended the title in 2015. This year has become no exception: almost half of the names in draw are Spanish. Weather is calm and sunny in the capital of Catalonia so we expect to see high quality of tennis.
Barcelona Open draw overview
Despite, the ATP 500 category of the event, many top males has registered for the tournament. First of all, Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori. They are the strongest of all seeded and are likely to play in the final battle. Let’s see who can put a spoke in their wheels.
The upper half of the draw features Marcel Granollers who is able to become the first challenge to Nadal and Feliciano Lopez, most probable Rafa’s opponent in the semis. As for the rest, Rafa got very comfortable path to the final. Kei Nishikori will also make easy work until the semis, where the Japanese is likely to face Benoit Paire. Generally speaking, there’re lots of strong players but most of them are in the middle of the draw and will compete with each other. And if the main favorites, Nadal and Nishikori, don’t dramatize the situation in Barcelona, we’ll see both of them in the final action.
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