A lot of money is at stake in this week's Barcelona Open. Rafael Nadal will seek his 12th title in the Spanish event, he features as a defending champion having defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last year's final. Alexander Zverev took a last minute wild card and he will try to earn some match rhythm after a disappointing season so far for him.
The German lost to Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo. In Barcelona, the men's singles winner will earn €503,000, while €253,000 are for the finalist. The semifinalist will earn €128,000. Just playing the main draw first round guarantees you more than €9,000.
Fabio Fognini, who will play in Barcelona as well, was surprised with his Monte Carlo Masters run, where he ended up winning the title against Dusan Lajovic: "I have to say something at the beginning of the tournament, I would say that I was really lucky.
But, you know, after Gilles retired and, you know, I have another opportunity to play a great match with Sascha, and now I have won. Of course, if you tell me at the beginning of the week, I will see you on Sunday, I would laugh in your face.
I was 6-4, 4-1 down and breakpoint for 5-1, and I make an ace on the line (smiling). But that's an incredible sport. So I was lucky."