World No. 1 and ten-time champion Rafael Nadal opens his Barcelona Open campaign on Wednesday when he takes on fellow Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena (No. 77) in the second round.
Date: April 25, 2018
Match time: Rafa is third match on Pista Rafa Nadal. Around 2.30 PM local time / 8.30 AM EDT – New York, Montreal / 1.30 PM BST – United Kingdom / 2.30 PM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 10.30 PM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Our champ and Carballes Baena have never met before. Ecuador Open champion Carballes Baena has just 20 match wins to his name at Tour-level. Seven have come this year, against five losses.
The 25-year-old needed one hour and 35 minutes to beat Andreas Haider-Maurer (6-2, 6-4), breaking the Austrian five times en route to victory.
Rafa is 53-3 in Barcelona and has won eight of his 10 titles without dropping a set, including 2016-17. He needs to win his 11th title in Barcelona to remain No. 1 in the ATP Rankings, or else Swiss Roger Federer will take over.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: ATP World Tour