Barcelona Open 2018: Rafael Nadal faces tough draw as Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori stand in way of final

The draw for the Barcelona tournament is out.

Top-seeded and ten-time champion Rafael Nadal will start his title defence by playing the winner of a match between countryman Roberto Carballes Baena and Andreas Haider-Maurer.

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Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Bye
  • 2nd round: Roberto Carballes Baena or Andreas Haider-Maurer
  • 3rd round: Kei Nishikori
  • Quarter-final: Novak Djokovic
  • Semi-final: David Goffin
  • Final: Grigor Dimitrov
If the men play to seed the quarter-final line up will be:
  • Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic
  • David Goffin vs Roberto Bautista Agut
  • Diego Schwartzman vs Dominic Thiem
  • Pablo Carreno Busta vs Grigor Dimitrov

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For Rafa this will be his 14th participation at the tournament, where he will play for his 11th title. During Rafa’s 13 appearances in the City of Barcelona, he has compiled a 53-3 record.

The action at the Barcelona Open, an ATP 500 event, begins on Monday.

Vamos Rafa!

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21 comments

  1. Vamos Rafa. πŸ―πŸ’•πŸ―πŸ’•Loved your forhand and backhand down the line. You are so explosive, knock’em them all out one by one.

  2. Wishing you all the best and luck as you begin to win another yet 11th πŸ†!
    You can do it , vamos πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ€πŸ€πŸ€

  3. Tough draw for Rafa? Only if he is sleeping, which will not be the case in his quest for an 11th Barcelona title.

    RAFAMAZING ROCKS

  4. Congrats for Rafa for winning his 11th Monte Carlo title.
    If Rafa keeps doing what he was doing, we would see him breaking more records in Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and RG. Now he needs to rest up and start his run for Barcelona next.
    Wish him luck, all the best. Our thoughts are with him.
    VAMOS RAFA.

  5. THOSE GORGEOUS SMILING DIMPLES!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) πŸ˜‰ : ) : ) ; ) CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BRILLIANT VICTORY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) OUR ONE & ONLY GOAT IN TENNIS HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART YOU ARE SUCH A PRECIOUS GIFT TO TENNIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) WE LOVE YOU & AND VERY HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ ENJOY EVERYTHING & KEEP SMILING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) ENJOY & CELEBRATE & KNOW YOUR MILLIONS OF GLOBAL FANS ARE THRILLED FOR YOU & FOR TENNIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : )
    wi…….wi……wi…..AND ci…….ci……ci……have a beautiful day & lots of fun between tours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) LOTS OF LOVE & HAPPINESS & VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

    • Surprised you give so much space to this somewhat childish form of commentary as the above. Jean Palmer Winnipeg MB

      • Surprised you used so much space to complain about a “childish” post instead of complaining about the “F” word or insensitive remarks about holocaust victims. Perhaps you should check your priorities.

  6. A wonderful week of tennis and an 11th title to a wonderful sportsman. Well deserved Rafa. The king of clay is back!!

  7. CONGRATULATIONS RAFA on your 11th title at Monte Carlo
    πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†You are SUPER HUMAN 😁 he came, he saw , he conquered
    Barcelona here we come !

  8. ci……..ci……..ci……..4:1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

  9. ON THE RUN WINNING POINTS GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : )

  10. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) πŸ™‚ : ) SOLID 6:3 1st SET ci……….ci……..ci……… YOU ARE AGGRESSIVE & FEISTY & YOU PUT UP WITH THIS SNEAKY PLAYER SO FANTASTICALLY WELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) wi…….wi……wi……YOU ARE THE MUCH MUCH STRONGER PLAYER & I LOVE YOUR PATIENCE SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) ENJOY EVERYTHING & HAVE FUN SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) YOU ARE SERVING SO GREAT & COMMAND THE COURT WITH YOUR FIGHTING BULL ENERGY & MATTER OF FACT BUSINESS PRESENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXXOXOXOXO

  11. Nothing you can’t handle Rafa, To be the best you have to beat the best , you have never been one for an easy ride , and the challenge makes the win even more rewarding .

  12. Rafa I trust you will have some rest between Monte Carlo and Barcelona,

    All the best for safe trip to Barcelona, Rest, and the great matches,

    Love and prayers,

    AlaiineXXSydneyXXAustraliaXX

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