A special day arrives at the Conde de Godó tournament. Rafael Nadal, great favorite and owner of the record of 11 titles in the ATP 500 in Barcelona, is looking for the ticket to a new final on Catalan clay. Manacor’s left-hander meets another Spaniard, Pablo Carreño Busta, in the second semifinal, while Saturday’s day is opened by the cross between the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and the Italian Jannick Sinner.
The historic king of slow courts, with 13 cups at Roland Garros, no less, is looking for the best set-up with his sights set once again on the traditional Grand Slam in Paris. He is not at a great level, but he has the grit and experience to continue in the fight and now he disputes the semifinal No. 13 in Barcelona.
Nadal plays with Carreño, with live broadcast of ESPN 2, from 11:00 ARG, 10:00 CHI and 9:00 COL, PER and MEX. The former world No. 1, now 3rd in the ATP ranking, dominates the clash with Carreño (13th) 7-0.
The left-hander gave up just two sets to his compatriot, and both were on hard courts. Meanwhile, in slow, he triumphed in all four games without problems. Therefore, he is once again the great candidate.
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First turn, Tsitsipas (5th) is measured with Sinner (19th 9th with live broadcast of ESPN 2, from 8:30 ARG, 7:30 CHI and 6:30 COL, PER and MEX.
The Greek is 1-1 against the Italian, after two games on clay, both in Rome and on the second wheel. In 2019 it celebrated Tsitsipas and last year it celebrated Sinner. Now the Greek, champion last Sunday in Monte-Carlo, starts as a favorite on Catalan soil.