A sense of Déjà-vu in Barcelona: a week ago the Sand-opener in Monte Carlo Rafael passed Nadal in the semi-final. This time, however, the Spaniard draws a slightly different conclusion from the defeat. He spoke last week after the Out against Fognini of “one of the worst games on Sand in 14 years,” is the reason for the Out this Saturday to a large part in the bears ‘ strong performance against player Dominic Thiem.

Ironically, on the “Pista Rafa Nadal”, which, according to his own designated Court in Barcelona, Nadal up against Thiem in each set depending on a Break. Nadal, in turn, creates it, the Austrians a Break to eat. The result after 2 hours and 5 minutes: 4:6, 4:6. Thiems opponent in the final on Sunday (11 a.m.) Daniil Medvedev (ATP 14).

Because of this defeat, Nadal 2019 not only missed the second Final after the Australian Open final in January (3:6, 2:6, 3:6 against Djokovic), but also the Chance to have an historical brand, With a further title in Barcelona, Nadal would become the first tennis player who triumphed in the same ATP tournament twelve times.

another setback for the left-handed in his previously title-less spring, is once more marked by a violation: In March, before the Indian Wells semi-final against Federer Nadal has a knee problem and to Forfeit and to take a break and forcing. Then the two semi-final defeats Carlo and Barcelona were in Monte. Nadal reaches the beginning of may in Madrid back on track? (str)