Only one tournament this week, but a big one, in Barcelona. The Monte Carlo champion and No. 1 in the world, Rafael Nadal  came back to the tournament after a one year absence. The Spaniard won the tournament in years 2005-09, but withdrew last year. “Physically I feel fine, a bit tired because the last two matches in Monte Carlo were tough. I’m very happy to be back to this tournament and my club. I couldn’t play last year due to physical problems and the tennis calendar” had said Rafa at the press-conference before the tournament started, adding – “After three ‘Masters 1000’ events, this one is the most important in the world among ‘ATP World Tour 500‘”. Indeed, the tournament draw was similar to the Monte Carlo’s one #. Nadal confirmed his astonishing supremacy on clay-courts winning Barcelona without dropping a set, no-one was able to get five games in a set against him. The king of clay becomes the first man to win two different tournaments at least six times. Just like a week ago, in the final he met his compatriot David Ferrer , and again had more troubles in the 2nd set – “Pics” was two points away to lead 5:2 and had a double mini-set point at 4:3… Former Barcelona champion – Juan Carlos Ferrero  – has played his first tournament of the year (7-month injury break), had won three matches before was ousted by Nicolas Almagro  in the quarter-finals.
S: (1)Rafael Nadal d. (4)David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4
D: S.Gonzalez/S.Lipsky d. (1)B.Bryan/M.Bryan 5-7, 6-2, [12-10] – 4 m.p.
Choker of the week:
Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo – beaten by Albert Ramos, who was trailing a set and two breaks down in the 2nd set. Ramos saved a match point in the 2nd set at 5:6* and was two points away from defeat at *4:5 (30-30) in the final set. He won 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-5 after 3 hours 11 minutes.
# Comparison of the Top 10 players who had participated at the Monte-Carlo Country Club last week and were supposed to play in Barcelona.
1. Rafael Nadal, 3. Roger Federer, 4. Andy Murray, 6. David Ferrer, 7. Tomas Berdych, 8. Fernando Verdasco, 9. Jurgen Melzer, 10. Gael Monfils
1. Rafael Nadal, 4. Andy Murray (withdrew), 5. Robin Soderling, 6. David Ferrer, 7. Tomas Berdych (withdrew), 8. Jurgen Melzer, 9. Gael Monfils
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