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

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.

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.

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.

Please follow Tennisbuzz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can like us on Facebook by clicking here.

For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.

Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?

Other News

Novak Djokovic on Rafael Nadal final: ‘It’s great to play my biggest rival of all time again’

Novak Djokovic will face his 'biggest rival of all time' Rafael Nadal in the final of the Rome Masters on Sunday in what will...

Rafael Nadal on Novak Djokovic Rome final: ‘I will need to play my best tennis’

Rafael Nadal once again proved his clay court mastery as he eased past Reilly Opelka and into the final of the Rome Masters.Many were...

‘I’ll give it my all!’ – Novak Djokovic says he will be ready for Rafael Nadal showdown

Novak Djokovic has pledged to 'give his all' when he comes up against old foe Rafael Nadal in the final of the Rome Masters...

Andy Murray bad luck continues as he misses French Open due to continued ‘discomfort’

Andy Murray will skip the French Open and warm-up tournaments, and go straight to prepare for grass court season instead, it has been reported.Murray...

‘Serena has little chance at Roland Garros, but a very good chance at Wimbledon,’ says Navratilova

Serena Williams has 'very little chance' of winning Roland Garros and she knows it, says Martina Navratilova, but Wimbledon will be different.Williams suffered an...

Andy Murray rejects Geneva wild card due to ‘injury,’ claims tournament chiefs

Andy Murray appears to have suffered a fresh injury blow with Geneva chiefs claiming he rejected a wild card due to injury.Murray had planned...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss a thing from Tennisbuzz - get all the latest tennis news, exclusive content and competitions, and tennis trivia teasers all delivered to your inbox.

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here