TennisTuesday, April 22, 2014
Nadal looks to put Monte Carlo behind him
Mayer loses opener in Bucharest
Rafael Nadal arrived yesterday in Barcelona after losing to David Ferrer for the first time on clay since 2004 at the Monte Carlo Masters, with the aim of clinching his ninth Barcelona Open title.
BARCELONA, Spain — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal gets an immediate chance to shake off his surprisingly early exit at the Monte Carlo Masters by going for his ninth Barcelona Open title this week.
The Spaniard is hoping to recover his clay-court form after a quarterfinal loss to David Ferrer in Monaco, where the eight-time champion made his earliest exit since 2003.
Nadal acknowledged that his confidence is shaken following the Australian Open final loss to Stanislas Wawrinka, and says his state of mind “is what it is.”
Nadal said yesterday that “I started the season OK except for some lack of confidence and competitiveness in important moments of certain matches.”
He added that “I’ve faced adversities throughout my career, and this is just another one.”
Nadal opens play later this week against either Nikolay Davydenko or Albert Ramos.
Ferrer will begin a 12th quest for a first Barcelona Open title by facing Teymuraz Gabashvili after the Russian beat Michal Przysiezny 6-3 6-4 in the first round yesterday.
The second-seeded Ferrer has finished runner-up on the Real Club de Tenis’ outdoor red clay on four occasions.
Third-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy will play Santiago Giraldo of Colombia after he moved past Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands 6-4 6-2.
NASTASE TIRIAC TROPHY. Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen’s first match against Leonardo Mayer of Argentina took more than two hours to win in the first round of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy yesterday in Bucharest, Romania.
Eighth-seeded Nieminen prevailed 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-4) on the outdoor clay at BNR Arenas against the Viña del Mar finalist.
Argentine Carlos Berlocq will face Italian sixth-seeded Andreas Seppi.