First day in Barcelona

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First day in Barcelona

Photo: Rafael Nadal attends a press conference during the Barcelona Open tennis tournament (Daylife) Today started the 59th edition of the oldest Spanish tournament in Barcelona. The Monte Carlo champion and No. 1 in the world, Rafael Nadal comes back to the tournament after a one year absence.

The Spaniard won the tournament in years 2005-09, but withdrew last year. "Physically I feel fine, a bit tired because the last two matches in Monte Carlo were tough. I'm very happy to be back to this tournament and my club.

I couldn't play last year due to physical problems and the tennis calendar" said Rafa at the press-conference and added "After three 'Masters 1000' events, this one is the most important in the world among 'ATP World Tour 500'".

And indeed, the tournament draw is similar to that in Monte Carlo. Comparison of the Top 10 players who participated at the Monte-Carlo Country Club last week and are supposed to play in Barcelona. Monte Carlo: 1. Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer
4. Andy Murray
6. David Ferrer
7. Thomas Berdych
8. Fernando Verdasco
9. Jurgen Melzer
10. Gael Monfils Barcelona: 1. Rafael Nadal
4. Andy Murray
5. Robin Soderling
6. David Ferrer
7. Thomas Berdych
8. Jurgen Melzer

Gael Monfils
As always, the tournament is dominated by the Spanish players. 16 representatives of Spain, appeared in the tournament draw, 8 of them played today the first round matches. In the most interesting battle of the day which lasted more than 3 hours (all-Spanish affair), Albert Ramos beat Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo trailing a set and two breaks down in the second set.

Ramos saved a match point in the second set at 5:6 and was two points away from defeat at 4:5 (30-30) in the final set. Seeded with No. 13 Thomaz Bellucci became the only seeded victim of the day, but his lost should not be surprising (lost to a clay-courter - Santiago Giraldo).

First round results: 14/24 (WC)Albert Ramos (ESP) d. Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) 4-6 7-6(5) 7-5 - 1 m.p.
Santiago Giraldo (COL) d. (13)Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 7-5 6-3
Blaz Kavcic (SLO) d. Tobias Kamke (GER) 6-2 6-3
Robin Haase (NED) d.

(q)Flavio Cipolla (ITA) 6-4 6-3
(12)Guillermo Garcia Lopez (ESP) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 7-6(6) 6-3
Marcel Granollers (ESP) d. Daniel Brands (GER) 7-5 6-7(5) 6-1
(q)Benoit Paire (FRA) d. (WC)Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 6-7(7) 6-3 6-2
(11)Albert Montanes (ESP) d.

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 6-2 6-2 (14)Kevin Anderson (RSA) d. Pablo Cuevas (URU) 7-5 3-6 6-4
Victor Hanescu (ROU) d. Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 6-3 6-2
Pablo Andujar (ESP) d. (WC)Gerard Granollers (ESP) 6-0 6-1
(q)Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d. (WC)Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) 6-2 6-4
(q)Simone Vagnozzi (ITA) d. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 2-6 4-2 ret.