Day 2: four Top 10 in action and David Ferrer's first farewell match
Super Tuesday at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell! It is rare that a Tuesday of the tournament has a schedule like this one. Today in action no less than David Ferrer in his last debut in Barcelona and also four Top 10, all but Rafa Nadal, reserved for Wednesday.
Kei Nishikori, two time champion in Barcelona and this year with an ATP title to his name (Brisbane), will start the day at the Rafa Nadal court at 11 am against Taylor Fritz, one of the young stars of US tennis, who defeated his compatriot Reilly Opelka yesterday, who did not get good use of his powerful service.
The Zverev brothers will share the same court, first Mischa against David Ferrer in the first match of the player from Alicante in his last Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, and Sascha against Nicolas Jarry, who got the revenge against Marcel Granollers, who had lost yesterday in the last round of qualifying in a high quality three set match. A great day of tennis on the Rafa Nadal court is assured.
Dominic Thiem and an unhappy Diego Schwartzman - facing his fourth match in four days - will be the stars of the following match on the biggest stage. It will be a real duel of clay specialists, the sixth between them (3-2 for Thiem). Almost two months ago they met in Buenos Aires and Schwartzman won a third set tiebreak. Maximum parity.
The finalist in Barcelona in 2018, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, will close the day on the main court and will face the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, a rival always fearsome for the favourites. "Stef" debuted last year in the tournament as the 63rd best player in the world; today he is ranked eighth.
In addition to Ferrer there will be three Spanish players in the program: Nicola Kuhn, who will play against Argentina's Federico Delbonis, Albert Ramos, who will face British Cameron Norrie, and Jaume Munar, who will have the most difficult challenge since he will square the Next Gen American Frances Tiafoe.
Munar, who yesterday had to overcome the Portuguese Pedro Sousa, will try to repeat the victory against Tiafoe since he did in the Next Gen finals of Milan 2018 (his head-to-head is positive 1-0), and thus ensure his best result in the tournament, the round of 16, in five contested editions.