Barcelona Open BancSabadell 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule
The top ATP Tour players descend on the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899 in Barcelona, Spain, for one of the season's critical clay-court events, the 2014 Barcelona Open BancSabadell.
With the French Open on the horizon, the Spaniards have historically dominated the festivities in Barcelona, winning every tournament there since 2003—with eight of those victories belonging to Rafael Nadal.
But things have a slightly different feel this time around, as Nadal enters his home soil after a straight-sets loss to David Ferrer—also in attendance in Barcelona—in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, another tournament he has historically dominated. It marked the first time he had not reached the final since he was 16 years old.
Nadal himself began practicing on the familiar courts upon arrival and told the media the tournament is his chance to get things back on track:
I just have to keep working to try to find the solutions in Barcelona. I am going to try and play well there and fight for the matches. After what happened in Australia it was a little bit harder for me to find again the intensity, the confidence, the inside power that always I have.
Conventional wisdom says Nadal and Ferrer are set for another climatic battle in the final, especially considering Nadal has bested his rival there in four of the last six iterations. But Ferrer's draw is a minefield of potential losses thanks to players in strong form such as Alexandr Dolgopolov and Kei Nishikori.
While the field is not as stacked as the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and is littered with 14 Spaniards in a home environment, the event in Barcelona is yet again one fans around the globe should not miss as the ripple effect on bigger tournaments that rest on the horizon has been obvious for years.
Schedule and Draw
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Day 7 Recap
Kei Nishikori captured his second tournament title this season and the first clay title of his career by beating Colombia's Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 6-2 in the Barcelona Open on Sunday at Real Club de Tenis.
The win by the Japan native is the first time this tournament hasn't been won by a Spaniard since 2002, and that accomplishment doesn't appear to be lost on him:
"I always love to come to Barcelona and it is a pleasure and honour to be here," Nishikori said in a post-match quote provided by Sky Sports. "It is not easy to win this title with all the Spanish players that play here. It is one of the most difficult ATP 500 tournaments and I am very happy to win."
As you can see by the score, Nishikori made relatively easy work of this match. The start, however, was not indicative of the finish. It was Giraldo who was up an early break. The World No. 65 was enjoying that break advantage when he got into an argument with the umpire over a line call.
Needless to say, that call did not work out for Giraldo and then little else worked out for the remainder of the match. Giraldo earned just one more break point for the rest of the match and didn't convert it.
Nishikori hit just 53 percent of his first serves, but he more than made up for that by winning 75 percent of his first serves and 52 percent of his second serves (via ATPWorldTour.com).
Giraldo entered this match with strong momentum after besting Nicolas Almagro in the previous round, and it was Almagro who knocked seemingly perennial champion Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinal. He will be disappointed about the result, but should also be excited about his current form after making the final as an un-seeded player.
Meanwhile, this is the first time that World No. 17 Nishikori has won a tournament on anything but hard court. With the French Open less than a month away, Nishikori is primed to make a serious run at a major title.
Day 6 Recap
Santiago Giraldo def. No. 6 Nicolas Almagro; 7-5, 6-3
No. 4 Kei Nishikori def. No. 9 Ernests Gulbis; 6-2, 6-4
Nicolas Almagro's stay at the top after upending the formerly impeccable Rafael Nadal in Barcelona didn't last long thanks to unranked Santiago Giraldo of Colombia.
So much for the win being the turning point of his career. Almagro simply looked gassed on Saturday, losing the first set after one break in the 11th game. He converted one of five break points and was broken twice in the second set to officially lose in one hour and 26 minutes.
Now Giraldo has to deal with knocking off a top player, but says he is keeping calm despite the circumstances, as captured by the Associated Press via Sports Illustrated:
''I have always dreamed of reaching the top spots of the ATP ranking and tomorrow is a first step,'' Giraldo said. ''But I am staying calm. I will keep to my routine and tomorrow will be a day to enjoy and play the best tennis I can."
His opponent will be Kei Nishikori, who was the definition of dominant on Saturday as he never faced a break point en route to the rather easy victory.
Day 5 Recap
No. 6 Nicolas Almagro def. No. 1 Rafael Nadal; 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4
No. 4 Kei Nishikori def. No. 12 Marin Cilic; 6-1, 6-3
No. 9 Ernests Gulbis def. Teymuraz Gabashvili; 6-1, 6-4
Santiago Giraldo def. No. 10 Phillipp Kohlschreiber; 6-4, 4-3(ret.)
Rafael Nadal came into the day with a 41-match winning streak at the Barcelona Open that spanned 11 years. Thanks to Nicolas Almagro, this is now over.
The top-seeded Nadal had little trouble in his opening set, winning 6-2 and looking ready to move onto the semifinals. However, Almagro fought back and saved all five break points in the second set before winning the tiebreak.
In the third set, Nadal had three double faults and was broken three times to fall in the quarterfinals. This is the second clay tournament in a row that Nadal has lost in the quarterfinals after falling to David Ferrer at Monte Carlo. This should be a concern heading into Roland Garros.
Meanwhile, Almagro continues onto the semifinals where he will face Santiago Giraldo, who advanced thanks to an injury to Phillipp Kohlschreiber.
Giraldo won 74 percent of first-serve points in the first set to take it 6-4, and then had the early advantage in set two over the No. 10 seed. Kohlschreiber won three games in a row to even things up at 3-3, but retired shortly after due to thigh problems.
While Giraldo will enter his next match as an underdog, you can be certain he is much happier to face Almagro than Nadal.
The other side of the bracket featured much less trouble for the favorites. Kei Nishikori avoided mistakes and cruised to victory over Marin Cilic. The young Japanese star will hope to keep this up as he tries to win his second title of the season.
Ernests Gulbis was also extremely accurate in his win over unseeded Teymuraz Gabashvili. The Latvian player has not defeated a seeded opponent in this tournament, but he will be ready for his upcoming test against Nishikori.
Day 4 Recap
No. 1 Rafael Nadal def. Ivan Dodig, 6-3, 6-3
Santiago Giraldo def. Dominic Thiem, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
No. 12 Marin Cilic def. No. 5 Tommy Robredo, 7-5, 6-7, 7-6
No. 9 Ernests Gulbis def. Albert Montanes, 7-5, 6-1
No. 6 Nicolas Almagro def. No. 11 Fernando Verdasco, 6-3, 6-3
No. 10 Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Jurgen Melzer, 7-5, 6-3
No. 4 Kei Nishikori def. Andrey Golubev 6-0, 6-4
Teymuraz Gabashvili def. Inigo Cervantes, 6-4, 6-2
A day after the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 7 seeds in this tournament all fell, the only seeded player to fall on Thursday was No. 5 seed Tommy Robredo, while Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori and Nicolas Almagro all moved on.
Whereas Nadal struggled in his first set on Wednesday, it was business as usual against Ivan Dodig in the third round. The Spanish superstar was broken just once and won 34 of his 48 service points in a comfortable performance.
Nishikori was perhaps even more in control. Andrey Golubev didn't so much as win a game in the first set and, while Nishikori did allow himself to be broken twice in the second set, he also broke the challenger six times after being presented 12 break points in the match.
The biggest result of the day was Marin Cilic close win over Tommy Robredo, in a match that could have gone either way. Ultimately, Cilic's eight aces and the fact that he was only broken once in six break points was the difference.
His reward for winning that epic contest will be a date with Nishikori on Friday, however, while the top-seeded Nadal will surely be tested against No. 6 Almagro. No. 9 Ernests Gulbis (LAT) will be facing Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS), with Santiago Giraldo (COL) versus No. 10 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) rounding out the day's action.
Day 3 Recap
No. 1 Rafael Nadal def. Albert Ramos, 7-6(2), 6-4
Teymuraz Gabashvili def. No. 2 David Ferrer, 6-4, 6-2
Santiago Giraldo def. No. 3 Fabio Fognini, 6-0, 4-0 (retired)
No. 6 Nicolas Almagro def. Martin Klizan, 7-5, 7-6(4)
Jurgen Melzer def. No. 7 Jerzy Janowicz, 6-4, 7-6(1)
Albert Montanes def. No. 8 Alexandr Dolgopolov, 7-6(5), 6-3
No. 11 Fernando Verdasco def. Kenny De Schepper, 6-4, 6-3
No. 12 Marin Cilic def. Andrey Kuznetsov, 6-1, 7-6(2)
Ivan Dodig def. No. 13 Feliciano Lopez, 6-1, 6-4
Wednesday's action in Barcelona featured a plethora of second-round upsets as two of the top three and four of the top eight seeds were eliminated.
Despite an impressive run at Monte Carlo last week, second-seeded David Ferrer was able to win just six games before bowing out against Teymuraz Gabashvili. The Russian veteran picked apart the Spaniard's serve from the early stages and eventually broke his will in the second set.
Meanwhile, third-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini was embarrassed to the point of retirement. Fognini dropped the first 10 games of the match to Santiago Giraldo in under 40 minutes and decided to call it quits instead of stick around for the final two games.
Top seeds Jerzy Janowicz and Alexandr Dolgopolov also exited the singles draw on Wednesday following straight-sets losses.
Early on, it appeared that eight-time tournament champion and overall top seed Rafael Nadal was set to join the sizable list of upset victims. But the "King of Clay" was able to battle back from an early 3-1 hole and overcome an off day to survive countryman Albert Ramos' upset bid.
Nadal committed 27 unforced errors in the win, but will need to cut down on that number if he's going to win four more matches and claim a ninth Barcelona Open title.
Nonetheless, his win over Ramos marks his 40th straight win on the Barcelona clay.
Third-round action will begin on Thursday as the 16 remaining contenders look to earn a berth in Friday's quarterfinals. The day's marquee showdown will pit Nadal against Ivan Dodig. The two men have met three times in the past, with Nadal taking their only clay court matchup in Barcelona back in 2011.
Day 2 Recap
Ivan Dodig def. Facundo Arguello, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2
Jurgen Melzer def. Mikhail Kukushkin, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3
Albert Ramos def. Nikolay Davydenko, 6-4, 6-4
Martin Klizan def. Somdev Devvarman, 6-2, 6-4
Dominic Thiem def. No. 14 Marcel Grannolers, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
No. 5 Tommy Robredo def. Marinko Matosevic, 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 Kei Nishikori def. Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
Inigo Cervantes def. No. 15 Dmitry Tursunov, 5-7, 6-0, 6-3
No. 10 Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 7-6, 6-2
Andrey Golubev def. No. 16 Benoit Paire, 6-4, 5-1 (Retirement)
The big names were fine. But for several seeded players, upsets were the name of the game on Tuesday.
While Tommy Robredo rolled to a pretty easy win and Kei Nishikori survived a choppy second set to move on as well, three seeded players were all knocked out of the tournament (Benoit Paire retired, though he was down a set and trailing 5-1 in the second before calling it quits).
No. 15 Dmitry Tursunov completely fell apart after winning the first set against Inigo Cervantes, and didn't even win a game in the second set, while No. 14 Marcel Grannolers was brushed aside after winning the first set over Dominic Thiem.
No. 10 Philipp Kohlschreiber got all he could handled from Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the first set of that match before cooly dispatching of the challenger in the second, as his 10 aces were a major factor in the victory.
Still, Tuesday felt a bit like a placeholder for Wednesday's action, when top-seeded Rafael Nadal, No. 2 David Ferrer, No. 3 Fabio Fognini and No. 6 Nicolas Almagro will all be in action.
Day 1 Recap
Albert Montanes def. Marc Lopez; 7-6(4), 6-2
Roberto Bautista Agut def. Lukasz Kubo; 6-1, 6-0
Daniel Gimeno-Traver def. Roberto Carballes Baena; 6-3, 7-5
Andrey Kuznetsov def. Pablo Carreno Busta; 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
Santiago Giraldo def. Igor Sijsling; 6-4, 6-2
Inigo Cervantes def. Aleksandr Nedovyesov; 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Marinko Matosevic def. Joao Sousa; 6-3, 6-2
Dominic Thiem def. Radek Stepanek; 6-4, 6-4
Andrey Golubev def. Matteo Viola; 6-4, 6-3
Edouard Roger-Vasselin def. Andreas Beck; 6-2, 6-2
Teymuraz Gabashvili def. Michal Przysiezny; 6-3, 6-4
Kenny De Schepper def. Marsel Ilhan; 6-3, 7-5
Nothing too out of the ordinary occurred on Monday in Barcelona as the top seeds advanced courtesy of byes and the recognizable names in play mostly maneuvered through first-round obstacles with relative ease.
Kenny De Schepper had little to no issues with Marsel Ilhan, but things ramp up in difficulty a notch in the second round as he takes on No. 11 Fernando Verdasco.
The same can be said for Santiago Giraldo, who breezed past Igor Sijsling, only to earn a dance with No. 3 Fabio Fognini in the second round.
Perhaps it is Teymuraz Gabashvili who got the worst draw of all, as his triumph over Michal Przysiezny only leads to a match with No. 2 David Ferrer.
The day wasn't completely dull, however. Wild card Inigo Cervantes dropped the first set against Aleksandr Nedovyesov and immediately turned things around to pull off the stunning upset in rather dominant fashion.
It was the same story for Andrey Kuznetsov, who looked awful in the early stages, only to pull away from Pablo Carreno Busta in convincing fashion.
The action continues on Tuesday as major names such as Tommy Robredo and Kei Nishikori enter the fray, while doubles play also gets underway with four matches. Perhaps most interesting to watch will be the wild card Cervantes, who has to undergo a quick turnaround against Dmitry Tursunov to stay alive in the proceedings.