The Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell holds all the aces with Thiem, Goffin and Carreño
Dominc Thiem, David Goffin and Pablo Carreño, three players who have started the new season in the top-10 of the world ranking, have confirmed their participation in the next edition of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. The three join World Number 1 Rafa Nadal, and World Number 3 Grigor Dimitrov. The organization of the tournament has brought together five of the 10 best players in the world when there are still four months to go before the tournament.
The Austrian Dominic Thiem, current number 5 of the ATP ranking, is one of the candidates to dominate tennis in the future. He is 24 years old, but he has already won eight tournaments on the circuit. In 2017 he achieved the feat of being the only tennis player capable of beating Nadal on clay. He was a finalist at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and lifted the trophy of the ATP 500 in Rio de Janeiro.
Goffin, finalist with the Belgian national team in the last Davis Cup, is the seventh best tennis player in the world at the moment. He was one of the great protagonists at the end of season. In the London Masters he qualified for the final, in which he fell to Bulgarian Dimitrov. But before that he beat Nadal, Roger Federer and Thiem, something within the reach of very few. He is 27 years old.
The second top-10 Spaniard of the moment, Carreño, will return to play the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, where to date he has not had the chance to show all his talent. In 2017 he won the Estoril tournament and was a semifinalist in the US Open. He replaced the injured Nadal at the London Masters, the icing on the cake that saw him reach the top of world tennis.
Albert Costa, director of the tournament, begins to think that the 66th edition of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell may be the best in its history: "There has been great excitement, probably because of Rafa and his Number 1 ranking, and the addition of the outstanding players Thiem, Goffin and Carreño. They have all been here and I know that they love the tournament. We are going to live an exceptional competition, but surely the list of entered stars will not remain with these five. We will continue working to improve it. "
Between these five great stars of the tournament they have won 14 titles on the ATP circuit in 2017, including two grand slams, Roland Garros and the US Open (Nadal) and the Masters (Dimitrov).
Last year, Nadal, Thiem and Carreño were the three best tennis players on the same clay surface as the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Nadal had a win/loss record of 24-1, Thiem of 24-5 and Carreño of 20-9.
The Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 2018 will be held on the courts of the Real Club Tenis Barcelona between the 21st and the 29th of April.