Traditionally, the Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell (clay, 48-player draw, financial commitment of € 1,702,800) is one of the most competitive ATP 500s on the ATP circuit, and this edition will be no exception (at least on paper) with four Top 10 at the starting line.
Actually, two of them (Tsitsipas and Rublev) are still playing in Monte Carlo, and it is therefore not certain that they will eventually play in Catalonia; Having said that, however, the Russian has requested and obtained a wild card for the tournament, an indication of his desire to be there - an eighth-final is on the horizon with his opponent today Casper Ruud, beaten in two sets.
The favorite will be (as basically every year since 2005) Rafael Nadal. The Majorcan has won the tournament 11 times (pokerissimo from 2005 to 2009 and triplets 2011-2013 and 2016-2018) without ever losing a match between 2003 and 2014; from 2017, moreover, he can play all his matches on the Rafa Nadal track, which in terms of psychological subjection has the discreet impact of him.
Fresh from the defeat in Monte Carlo with Rublev, Nadal will make his debut in the second round with Mannarino or with a qualifier; in the second round he would find Garin or Nishikori, in the quarterfinals Khachanov or Goffin, and in the semifinals presumably one between Schwartzman, Fognini or Carreno Busta, without forgetting that Dan Evans who has just discovered that he knows how to play, and well, on red.
Swiss teen Dominic Stricker recently claimed that Roger Federer is the perfect role model both on and off the court. The 18-year-old also showered praise on Federer's approach to his training regimen and life in general.
While Dominic Stricker is in awe of Roger Federer, the Swiss teen has also been taking a lot of inspiration from Federer's rival Rafael Nadal.
Stricker on taking a lot of inspiration from Rafael Nadal
"It's definitely an advantage that I'm left-handed because there are a lot more right-handed people who play tennis," Dominic Stricker said.
"The ball arrives at the opponent with a different twist. I watch many of Rafael Nadal's matches and watch how he builds up the points. There are sure to be moves (plays) that can be copied." Stricker has now asserted in an interview with Watson that young players like himself can imbibe a lot of life lessions from the 20-time Major champion.
"You can learn a lot from Roger Federer," Stricker said. "He is the perfect role model. It's not always about the game itself. You can also see how he behaves before and after training or between rallies."