Barcelona and Bucharest previews and predictions

The Grandstand

Rafael Nadal will be looking to get back on track when he resumes his clay-court spring this week in Barcelona. That is exactly what Nadal managed to do in 2013, when he lost the Monte-Carlo final to Novak Djokovic then captured the Barcelona title without dropping a single set. Last year, though, he fell in the quarterfinals of both events. Nadal, Kei Nishikori, and David Ferrer will snag headlines in Barcelona, but a solid field in Bucharest includes Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils, and Ivo Karlovic.

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

Where: Barcelona, Spain
Surface: Clay
Prize money: 1,993,230 Euros
Points
: 500

Top seed: Kei Nishikori
Defending champion: Kei Nishikori

Draw analysis: Nadal and Ferrer can’t seem to avoid each other in draws and now they find themselves on the same side of the Barcelona bracket. But neither Spaniard will be looking ahead to the…

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