The Spaniard Rafael Nadal (2) played perhaps the worst game so far this season Thursday at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and lost with Italian Fabio Fognini (13) in straight sets thereby lose points by not being able to defend the quarterfinals last year. The defeat will certainly have to be analyzed by him and his technical command in view the great event: Roland Garros, is getting closer.

Not all bad news for the Navy and the four-time finalist David Ferrer overcame the young Swede Elias Ymer and Castellon Roberto Bautista Agut (7) defeated Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas (10) so that they advanced to the quarter as Tommy Robredo and Pablo Andujar that won him fratricidal duels Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez respectively.

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“It’s a very sad day for me. This tournament means a lot, is one of the top 500 in the ATP circuit and I feel at home. I hope the ups and downs come to an end and able to maintain a good level. Unfortunately I was not able to do today. “

Rafael NadalĀ admitted.

Rafa to forget the track that saw him win eight times. The Spaniard racked up no less than 35 unforced errors in the 2 hour long match with Fognini, who also won in Rio de Janeiro this year , becoming perhaps in just the second player wins consecutively on clay former number one The world in his favorite surface (the other is Djokovic).

The first was decided in the tenth game when the Italian breaks to keep the sleeve 6-4 advantage especially short balls and misses right. Rafa had flashes of light coming in the second set to be twice with 3-1 lead and then serving to force a third 5-4 but the irregularity would emerge again and lost the opportunity.

Already in the playoff Fognini he was much more solid and fairly won 7-6 (8-6) before the startled eyes of the fans who still waiting to Rafa other not very distant seasons. For now go to Manacor to rethink the strategy and find solutions to the machinery that failed before very little and is now under pressure.

Fognini go against Cuenca Pablo Andujar who redid a shaky start to apear to Toledo Feliciano Lopez 6-3 6-4. Following Spaniards David Ferrer chance to finally be able to yell at the Godo appears to increase before the fall of his executioner 4 previous times, ie Rafa. The Alicante 6-3 6-4 Swedish exceeded 20 years Elias Ymer one of the new faces of the circuit and ended up having 4-0 lead in the second set to ‘Ferru ‘knew reversed. The next opponent will be German Philipp Kohlschreiber (12) defeated in straight sets to French Benoit Paire 6-4 7-6 (6).

In turn, the duel would take Catalans Tommy Robredo on Marcel Granollers 6-2 comfortably 6-2. The veteran former top ten will face Slovakian Martin Klizan. Finally Roberto Bautista Agut he beat Pablo Cuevas 7-6 (5) 6-2, will face top-seeded and defending champion Japan’s Kei Nishikori to get rid of the Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-2 6-1 in what was to revive the Late last year this time round.

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The Spaniard Rafael Nadal (2) played perhaps the worst game so far this season Thursday at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and lost with Italian Fabio Fognini (13) in straight sets thereby lose points by not being able to defend the quarterfinals last year. The defeat will certainly have...