posted on 2018-04-24 14:04:30
posted by Surendhar V
The focus has shifted to Spain this week as the Barcelona Open is all set to entertain the Tennis audience following an exciting Monte-Carlo masters last week. Nine of the top-20 seeds are a part of this event including the likes of World No.1 Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic who has his eyes on the trophy to initiate a comeback to the top-10.
World No.2 Roger Federer won’t be a part of the tournament as he is currently with Roger Federer Foundation in Zambia to work with the poor children in the country. Other notable misses are Zverev, Cilic and del Potro who have decided to take a break from their tiring schedule.
However, the talking point of the tournament is the possible match-up between old rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. These two have faced each other 50 times in which the Serbian narrowly leads his companion 26-24 in this intense head-to-head. They last met each other in the semi-finals of the Madrid Open, almost a year back when the Spaniard convincingly won in straight sets.
Nadal and Djokovic could likely meet in the Quarter-finals of the event since they find themselves in the same quarter of the draw. This duo share 144 career titles between them and this rivalry is certainly one to watch out for this week. When asked about Djokovic, Nadal admitted that the returning Djokovic - who won back-to-back games in Monaco before losing out to Dominic Thiem - could be a threat.
Grigor Dimitrov could be the one who could pose a serious threat to Rafael Nadal who will be eyeing yet another clay court triumph. The Bulgarian faced the World No.1 Nadal last week in the Monte Carlo Masters and lost at the semi-final stage. Replying to a question about facing Nadal and Federer, Dimitrov stated that, “It does not matter if Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal or whoever else is playing in that tournament. If you want to be the best, you need to beat the best at some point”.
With so many individual records and ambitions at stake, Barcelona open will surely be a treat to watch for the Tennis freaks.