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Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell Preview

It would appear that Rafael Nadal isn’t unbeatable on clay after all. The Spanish King of Clay went down in the final of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters on Sunday, as world number one Novak Djokovic took the title. That stopped Nadal picking up his ninth consecutive title in Monte Carlo and keeps betting for the 2013 French Open title wide open. But Nadal will have a chance to redeem himself immediately as he heads to the Barcelona Open. His record here is almost as impressive as his one at Monte Carlo, as Nadal is gunning for his eighth Barcelona title. That is back to back wins for him now in 2011 and 2102, along with the run of five other titles, which was interrupted by Fernando Verdasco in 2010.

 

Naturally Nadal goes as strong favourite and hard to argue with that and he goes off at a mark of 2/5 with online bookmaker Unibet. That doesn’t equate to a lot of value. While Nadal has won three of five titles he has entered this season, he has had a couple of busy weeks with back to back tournaments. Therefore attention should be turned to his fellow countryman David Ferrer who didn’t appear in Monte Carlo last week. Ferrer has posted a 9-1 match record on clay this term (his only defeat against Nadal in Acapulco), but Ferrer is going to be far fresher for this run and that may count for a lot.

 

Ferrer has a strong 25-10 match record at the event, and although he has lost four Barcelona finals to Nadal, the fitness factor is going to be on Ferrer’s side here. Nadal couldn’t quite hit top gear in the Monte Carlo final against Djokovic, which just hints at a bit of tiredness. Beyond perhaps Nicolas Almagro and Juan Monaco, there’s not enough quality in the Barcelona field, certainly not on clay, to stop Nadal or Ferrer winning. Hard to ignore Ferrer making the final, if not winning it. But the value is there in snapping a six match losing streak against Nadal. This is a genuine chance.

 

David Ferrer @ 5/1 with Unibet