PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal receives the Sports Cultura Award in Barcelona

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VIDEO: Interview with Rafael Nadal – Barcelona, April 23, 2014

The eight-time Barcelona champion Rafael Nadal opened his latest campaign for the title against countryman Albert Ramos in the second round. He reflects on his opening win. Watch now!

Video: ATP World Tour

Barcelona Open R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Ivan Dodig?

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EFE/Andreu Dalmau

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will play Ivan Dodig in the third round of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. King of Clay leads their head-to-head 2-1. VAMOS RAFA!

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014

START TIME:  7 pm CEST local time (Spain, France, Italy), 6 pm BST (United Kingdom),  1 pm EDT (New York). To convert to your local time, use this website.

Watch Online:  Fromsport and ATDHE.

Year Tournament & City Surface Round Winner & Score
2013 US Open
NY, U.S.A.
Hard R32 Nadal, Rafael
6-4, 6-3, 6-3 Stats
2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada
Montreal, Canada
Hard R32 Dodig, Ivan
1-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(5) Stats
2011 Barcelona
Spain
Clay S Nadal, Rafael
6-3, 6-2 Stats

[INTERVIEW] Rafael Nadal: “I’m working every day to play more aggressively”

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“It was a positive victory for me. Obviously I didn’t play my best match, but after the defeat in Monte-Carlo, the next match on court was never going to be easy. I am happy with the way I fought and proud of the victory today.

The victories are more important when you haven’t played well. I feel happy to be through on a tough day for the top seeds. I need to improve everything. I’m working every day to play more aggressively. I need to find the feeling of being dominant in the points.

I feel that sometimes I’m hitting balls from good positions and I’m not able to create the right spaces, to find winners. I need to try and find that for the next match,” said Rafael Nadal.

Source: ATP World Tour

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Albert Ramos to reach third round in Barcelona

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal quickly put his Monte-Carlo QF defeat behind him on Wednesday, as he began his quest for a ninth Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell crown with a hard-fought 7-6(2), 6-4 victory against Albert Ramos. Rafa rallied from a break down in the first set and hit 18 winners to 27 unforced errors as he prevailed in just under two hours.

In the third round, Rafa will face Ivan Dodig of Croatia, who defeated Feliciano Lopez earlier in the day. VAMOS RAFA!

Photos: AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, Getty Images, EFE/Andreu Dalmau

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell R2: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Albert Ramos?

Rafael Nadal will begin his quest for title No.9 in Barcelona after a round 1 bye. He has a 40-1 career tournament record, winning 39 consecutive matches and eight titles in the past nine years (did not play in 2010). His only loss came on his debut as a 15-year-old in 2003 when he lost to compatriot Alex Corretja in three sets in the 2R. During his 39-match winning streak there he has lost just three sets, dropping the last one in the second set of the 2008 final against Ferrer. Since losing that set to Ferrer, Rafa has won 39 consecutive sets.

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EFE/Andreu Dalmau

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

START TIME:  Approximately 3 pm CEST local time (Spain, France, Italy), 2 pm BST (United Kingdom),  9 am EDT (New York). To convert to your local time, use this website.

Watch Online:  Fromsport and ATDHE.

Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal goes up against compatriot Albert Ramos for the second time, with the world No. 1 leading their FedEx H2H series 1-0. VAMOS RAFA!

Year Tournament & City Surface Round Winner & Score
2013 Barcelona
Spain
Clay Q Nadal, Rafael
6-3, 6-0 Stats

Source: ATP World Tour

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal practices in Barcelona ahead of his opening match

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal was back in the office today, working on his game for his second round match on Wednesday. As usual, Rafa took the time to sign autographs and chat with fans.  Here are photos from his practice.

Photos: Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

Rafa Roundup: Nadal Opens Barcelona Title Bid Wednesday

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“Nobody is eternal” says Nadal during a crowded press conference this morning. “We all win and we all lose. For sure I will lose more matches, nobody can be on top all the time”. Nadal wants to regain a positive feeling entering this tournament. “That is my intention. When one loses you need to recover fast and this is based on training and more training. You have to find what it is you want to do and try to play well again.”

Hats off to Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer for their displays at the Monte Carlo Masters, but even though the results didn’t go to form, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are still the players to beat on clay.

World No. 1 and eight-time champion Nadal comes into Barcelona with a 40-1 tournament record, winning 39 consecutive matches and all eight of his titles in the past nine years (did not play in 2010). His only loss came in his debut as a 15-year-old in 2003 when he lost to countryman Alex Corretja in three sets in the second round.

Vilas has spoken of his admiration for how Nadal’s uncle and coach, Toni, has guided his nephew throughout his career: “Toni is the one who steers the ship. They know each other very well and Rafa has a lot of confidence in him. Toni knows a lot about tennis and is very intelligent; Rafa trusts him completely.”

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ICYMI: New ATP Rankings: What happens to Rafael Nadal’s points after Monte Carlo loss?

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona

Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer reunited on Monday evening to play tennis at the historic ‘Gran Teatre del Liceu’, Barcelona’s opera house on La Rambla, founded in 1847. “Obviously I’m very happy I was able to play at the Liceu, it’s one of the most emblematic places in Barcelona,” said Rafa. “I really love music and I have a grandfather who was an orchestra conductor. I had already been here before but it had been a while since the last time I came. This is one of those pictures I will keep forever.”

Source: ATP World Tour, Video: Barcelona Open

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal visits Barcelona’s Liceu opera house with David Ferrer

After his press conference and practice, World No. 1 and eight-time Barcelona champion Rafael Nadal had the evening reserved for promotional activities. Together with compatriot David Ferrer, he visited Barcelona’s Liceu Opera House. They played a round of mini tennis inside the majestic grand theater, and posed for photos. Have a look!

Photos: EFE/Alberto Estévez, Corbis, Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

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