No. 1 seed Nadal In search of title No. 12

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Rafael Nadal poses with trophy

Spain’s Rafael Nadal poses together with his trophy after successful the Barcelona Open Tennis Match closing in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. Nadal defeated Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-1 within the closing. (AP Photograph/Manu Fernandez)

  • No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal is searching for title No. 12 in Barcelona, his first since 2018
  • Defending champion Dominic Thiem (from 2019) and finalist Daniil Medvedev each are absent
  • We break down greatest bets and lengthy pictures to win the occasion, and intriguing first-round clashes

As with every event on clay, Rafael Nadal is the prohibitive favourite once more this week.

However contemplating Andrey Rublev has misplaced within the first spherical of qualifying in his final three journeys to Barcelona, it’s relatively shocking that he’s the second favourite to win the event, proper behind 11-time champion Rafael Nadal.

Barcelona Open Odds

Seed Participant Odds
[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) -163
[3] Andrey Rublev (RUS) +700
[2] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) +800
[4] Diego Schwartzman (ARG) +1800
[11] Jannik Sinner (ITA) +2000
[7] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) +2500
[5] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) +2500
[6] Pablo Carreño Busta (ESP) +3300
[10] Félix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) +4000
 [12] Karen Khachanov (RUS) +5000
[8] David Goffin (BEL) +5000
[13] Cristian Garin (CHI) +5000
[9] Fabio Fognini (ITA) +5000
[WC] Lorenzo Musetti (ITA) +6600
[WC] Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) +6600
[-] Kei Nishikori (JPN) +8000
[16] Dan Evans (GBR) +8000

Odds as of  April 17 from Bet365

Two-time Champion Nishikori a Lengthy Shot

In the meantime, Kei Nishikori, a two-time champion (and in addition a finalist in 2016) is at +8000 .

Though clearly he’s not the participant he was again in the course of the final decade.

Two veteran Spaniards, Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreño Busta, are among the many few who’ve good resumés at this 500-level occasion.

However Carreño Busta must get by Nadal within the quarterfinals. Bautista has a greater shot within the backside half of the draw.

Nadal searching for title No. 12

Rafal Nadal’s serve abandoned him in his loss to Andrey Rublev in Monte-Carlo – one other event he has gained 11 instances.

As packed because the clay-court season is, he nonetheless doubtless gained’t be sad to get proper again out on the match courtroom and proper the Monte-Carlo wrongs.

Nadal has by far the better half of the draw. No. 4 seed Diego Schwartzman 10-1), No. 6 Carreño Busta (7-0), No. 8 David Goffin (4-0 on clay) are the opposite high seeds in his half.

2019 Champion and Finalist Each Absent

Dominic Thiem, the 2019 champion, had opted to play Novak Djokovic’s smaller 250-level event in Belgrade as an alternative.

And 2019 finalist Daniil Medvedev by no means entered the event.

It was a moot level. Thiem ended up withdrawing from Belgrade. And Mededev’s constructive take a look at for coronavirus final week would have taken him out anyway.

Barcelona Open Contenders – Finest Earlier Outcomes

Participant Journeys to Barcelona Finest Consequence
Rafael Nadal 15 Champion (11X)
Andrey Rublev 4 R32 (2015)
Stefanos Tsitsipas 2 Remaining (2019)
Diego Schwartzman 2 R32 (2019)
Jannik Sinner First look N/A
Roberto Bautista Agut 6 QFs (2X)
Pablo Carreño Busta 9 SF (2018)
Kei Nishikori 8 Champion (2X)

Fast Turnaround for Tsitsipas and Rublev

The clay-court season is fairly relentless. And it virtually works in opposition to some gamers to go deep in Monte-Carlo.

For champion Stefanos Tsitsipas and runner-up Rublev, it’s a fast turnaround to Barcelona. And so they know that they’ve two extra Masters 1000 tournaments in Madrid and Rome, again to again, proper after that.

After which, the French Open, which is best-of-five units.

Peaking too early is a factor. However Tsitsipas mentioned Sunday after successful Monte Carlo that he’s able to go.

“My physique is feeling good, which is an effective signal. I’m actually pumped to go for some extra factors within the subsequent couple of weeks.” – Stefanos Tsitsipas

Past Nadal, the 2018 finalist is the very best wager.

Earlier Barcelona Open Winners and Finalists

12 months Champion Finalist
2020 (Not held) N/A
2019 [3] Dominic Thiem [7] Daniil Medvedev
2018 [1] Rafael Nadal Stefanos Tsitsipas
2017 [3] Rafael Nadal [4] Dominic Thiem
2016 [1] Rafael Nadal [3] Kei Nishikori
2015 [1] Kei Nishikori Pablo Andujar
2014 [4] Kei Nishikori Santiago Giraldo
2013 [2] Rafael Nadal [4] Nicolas Almagro

First-Spherical Matches to Watch

Carlos Alcaraz (-186) vs Frances Tiafoe (+148)

Of Alcaraz, nonetheless 17 for just a few extra weeks, a lot is anticipated.

{The teenager} didn’t hit the South American clay-court swing earlier this yr. Reasonably, he interspersed three first-round hard-court losses (Montpellier, Acapulco, Miami) with a visit to the Canary Islands for a clay-court Challenger. He misplaced to No. 248 Marco Trungelliti within the second spherical there.

However he reached the semis in Marbella two weeks in the past, beating Monte-Carlo semifinalist Casper Ruud en route.

Nonetheless, this one might be an upset.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (+195) vs Egor Gerasimov (-250)

Tsonga, 36 on Saturday, has performed three simply tournaments in 2021 and went 1-3. He withdrew from Monte Carlo final week.

The Frenchman has performed little within the final two years whereas Gerasimov, at 28, is enjoying the very best tennis of his profession.

Richard Gasquet (-127) vs Jordan Thompson (+104)

Gasquet went all the best way to Melbourne, solely to drag out of the Australian Open and is 2-3 on the season. He, too, withdrew from Monte-Carlo.

Thompson is 1-0 in opposition to him, albeit on grass. However he’s a capable-enough clay-court participant.

Finest Guess: Rafael Nadal (-163)
Longer shot: Roberto Bautista Agut (+2500)

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