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Rafael Nadal gets kind path to final in Barcelona as he looks to bounce back quickly

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Rafael Nadal has been handed a relatively kind draw in Barcelona as he looks to bounce back from his Monte-Carlo disappointment.

Nadal lost out in Monte-Carlo to Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals on Friday as he suffered a rare defeat on clay.

If he is to face Rublev again at Barcelona, though, it would have to be in the final after they were drawn in separate halves of the draw.

The world number three will play either Adrian Mannarino or a qualifier in his opening match, with Kei Nishikori and Cristian Garin potential third round opponents.

Russian ace Karen Kachanov and David Goffin, meanwhile, could face Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals.

Diego Schwartzman, Dan Evans, Fabio Fognini, and Pablo Carreno-Busta headline the second quarter of the draw, and if Nadal reaches the semi-finals it is likely he will face one of them.

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The bottom half of the draw looks a lot trickier to negotiate, with Monte-Carlo Masters finalists Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev both in it.

Barcelona draw

Jannik Sinner is in Rublev's quarter, and they could meet in the quarter-finals, with Casper Ruud and Roberto Bautista Agut also potential opponents for the Russian.

Tsitsipas, the second seed, has Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Alex de Minair in his quarter.

The Greek's section of the draw also contains Feliciano Lopez and Lorenzo Musetti, who meet in a intriguing first round clash.

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