By Britwatch Team

  • Top Seeds: Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin
  • Defending Champion: Rafael Nadal
  • British Interest: Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund, Dan Evans

BARCELONA, SPAIN – Defending champion Rafael Nadal has already laid down his marker for the clay court season. Will he dominate here for another ‘decima’?




Draw & Results

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Order of Play


[1] Andy Murray

Despite defending semi-final points in Monte Carlo and a third round defeat, Murray was up-beat about his performance. If someone had offered him a third round run a week or so he would have taken it gladly.

To that end he has taken a wildcard into Barcelona where the field is quite rich, and will look to sharpen his game before wisely skipping Munich (and Estoril despite their amazing video to try and entice him) to hit the Masters double header in Madrid and Rome ahead of the French Open.

He could well come up against his Monte Carlo conqueror Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the quarter-final but must stand a solid chance of going deep here.

Murray’s Path to the final

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Bernard Tomic
  • R3: Feliciano Lopez [16]
  • QF: Albert Ramos-Vinolas [10]
  • SF: Dominic Thiem [4]
  • F: Rafael Nadal [3]


[3] Rafael Nadal

With every chance that at the time of writing Nadal is likely to achieve maybe the first of two momentous La Decima (Decimi?), the defending champion is looking very likely to start racking up the hardware on the Road to Roland Garros.

With the absence of Kei Nishikori, who had jumped over the Spaniard in the rankings, the draw has been shifted around but if Nadal’s trouncing of Alexander Zverev was anything to go by, there are still a few tricks left in the old dog yet.


Nadal’s Path to the Final

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Rogerio Dutra Silva
  • R3: David Ferrer [13]
  • QF: Alexander Zverev [8]
  • SF: David Goffin [5]
  • F: Andy Murray [1/WC]


[4] Dominic Thiem

Despite his title in Rio de Janeiro, the clay court season closer to home has not started that well for Dominic Thiem. He ground to a halt at the hands of an inspired David Goffin, and he still seems no closer to relaxing his schedule – although to give him credit, he is skipping the week before the Masters double-header in Madrid and Rome.

There is plenty of British interest in just this section alone as with Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans drawn in the second quarter. For Evans still it is a case of adjusting to a surface he has no time for, but Edmund must look at this as an opportunity to try and consolidate his place as the British No.2.


Thiem’s Path to the Final

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Kyle Edmund
  • R3: Mischa Zverev [14]
  • QF: Pablo Carreno Busta [7]
  • SF: Andy Murray [1/WC]
  • F: Rafael Nadal [3]


[5] David Goffin

Many folks had to feel for Goffin, whose meltdown having had Nadal on the ropes in their semi-final in Monte Carlo, only for an extremely bad call to absolutely shatter that focus. That being said, for Goffin to completely fall apart at that point says more about what he needs to do to try and sort out the mental approach when playing the top players.

Still, if he keeps up the form he has displayed for the last tournament, he ought to consider himself a contender although he looks set to face Pablo Cuevas who was also impressive in Monte Carlo.

Goffin’s Path to the Final

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Nikoloz Basilashvili
  • R3: Pablo Cuevas
  • QF: Joao Sousa [15]
  • SF: Rafael Nadal [3]
  • F: Andy Murray [1/WC]


The Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell takes place between 24-30 April – (BST +1 hour).


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