Rafael Nadal and Nicolas Almagro are the last two Spaniards standing in Barcelona, and the two are scheduled to play each other in the upcoming quarter finals. The two will battle it out to see who will be the last Spaniard standing in this years Barcelona Open. Unfortunately for fans of Spanish tennis, hopes for an all-Spanish final fell with David Ferrer’s loss to Teymuraz Gabashvili in their second round match. Thus, the winner of the Nadal-Almagro quarter final will still have some work left to do to treat tennis fans to a Spaniard contender in the finals.
Rafael Nadal will be expected to make his way to the finals however, as Novak Djokovic is absent from the tournament nursing an arm injury which has turned out to be not as serious as initially reported. Roger Federer also is conspicuously absent from the tournament, leaving a gaping hole for Nadal on his campaign for yet another clay title. The one potentially dangerous obstacle in the path to a title for Nadal may be Ernest Gulbis, who has managed to keep his tournament hopes alive thus far. Gulbis has proved to be one of the toughest competitors for Nadal to overcome in the past and the two certainly aren’t the best of friends in the world of tennis.
Before a possible Nadal-Gulbis showdown however, the Spanish world no. 1 must first overcome his fellow countryman Nicolas Almagro in the upcoming all-Spanish quarter final before heading on in pursuit of another title. The King of Clay should make good use of a chance to sharpen his clay court game before the Serbian Slugger Novak Djokovic returns to the red clay to try and steal away a French Open title from the Spaniard. Djokovic has looked ominously close in the past to being able to defeat the Spaniard on the red clay. Last year’s Monte Carlo final looked to be a breakthrough for the Serb as he defeated Nadal on his way to a clay title that he failed to defend this year. There was also a thrilling five set battle played by the two in roland Garros that went in Nadal’s favor in the past.
The Barcelona Open provides Nadal with the opportunity to sneak one more tough tournament in to sharpen his skills before presumably having to run into the Serbian down the road to Roland Garros. As it stands at present, Rafael Nadal and Nicolas Almagro are the last two Spaniards standing in Barcalona. The two will battle it out in the quarter finals to determine who will be the last Spaniard in this year’s Barcalona Open.
Spanish tennis fans the world over were disappointed with the ouster of Ferrer early in the tournament, but will be treated to an all-Spanish match nonetheless with the world no. 1 and a competitor in Almagro who looks to be in good form. It’s no all-Spanish final, but could be quite the consolation if both players are in top form. Time will tell which Spaniard will continue on the road to the Barcelona Open finals. Rafael Nadal and Nicolas Almagro are all set to give fans of Spanish tennis a thriller in the fast approaching quarter finals.
By Daniel Worku