The Barcelona Open is back and despite his semi-final exit at the Monte Carlo Masters, eight-time champion Rafael Nadal enters the event as the firm favourite. Kei Nishikori, who has been seeded first, is the other big name, who will be seen in action at the tournament.
Day 1: Teymuraz Gabashvili sets up second-round clash with Nishikori
Top seed Kei Nishikori, who has been given a first round bye will commence hostilities at the Barcelona Open against Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili, currently ranked 85th in the world. The Russian took out Carreno Busta of Spain in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the second round.
Nadal, meanwhile, will meet the winner of the match between Nicolas Almagro and Paolo Lorenzi. Nadal’s 41-match winning streak at Barcelona was halted last year by Almagro.
The results of the first day of Barcelona Open 2015 are displayed below:
|Pablo Andujar (Spain) beat Alberto Ramos-Vinolas (Spain) 6-4, 6-1|
|Teymuraz Gabashvili (Russia) beat Pablo Curreno Busta (Spain) 7-5, 6-4.|
|Roberto Carballes Baena (Spain) beat Jan-Lennard Struff (Germany) 5-7, 7-5, 6-2|
|Marcel Granollers (Spain) beat Marinko Matosevic (Australia) 6-2, 6-3|
|Benoit Paire (France) beat Jaume Munar (Spain) 6-2, 6-2|
|Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) beat Joao Souza (Brazil) 6-1, 6-0|
|Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) beat Yuichi Sugita (Japan) 6-1, 6-0|
|Elias Ymer (Sweden) beat Thiemo de Bakker (Netherlands) 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4|
|Andrey Kuznetsov (Russia) beat Marton Fucsovics (Hungary) 6-4, 6-2|
Day 2: Nishikori off to a winning start
Defending champion and top-seed Kei Nishikori commenced his Barcelona Open campaign on a resounding note as he took out Teymuraz Gabashvili in straight sets. Other notable wins on the second day at Barcelona Open included Tommy Robredo’s facile win against Mikhail Kukushkin. Nicolas Almagro received a walkover against Paolo Lorenzi three games into the match, while Fernando Verdasco was upset by 17-year-old Andrey Rublev.
The table below lists the results of the second day of Barcelona Open.
|(1) Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 6-4|
|(7) Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) beat Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) 6-3, 6-4|
|Andrey Rublev (Russia) beat Fernando Verdasco (Spain) 7-6 (4), 6-3|
|Nicolas Almagro (Spain) beat Paolo Lorenzi (Italy) 3-0 (Walkover)|
|Joao Sousa (Portugal) beat Kenny de Schepper (France) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3|
|(9) Tommy Robredo (Spain) beat Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) 6-3, 6-2|
|Marsel Ilhan (Turkey) beat James Ward (GBR) 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-1|
|(10) Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay) beat Roberto Carballes Baena (Spain) 6-4, 7-5|
|Albert Montanes (Spain) beat Ricardas Berankis (Lithuania) 6-1, 4-6, 5-7|
|Victor Estrella Burgos (Dominican Republic) beat Dominic Thiem (Austria) 6-3, 7-6 (3)|
Juan Monaco (Argentina) beat Alejandro Gonzalez (Colombia) 5-7, 1-6
Day 3: Nadal cruises into third round; Cilic exits
While it was a day to remember for eight-time Barcelona Open champion Rafael Nadal, who avenged his quarter-final loss to Nicolas Almagro last year, with a convincing 6-3, 6-1 win against his opponent, it was heartbreak for US Open champion Marin Cilic, who was shown the door by Victor Estrella Burgos.
2004 champion and ninth seed Tommy Robredo faced little trouble in his second round match against Mikhail Kukushkin, whom he defeated in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Robredo’s compatriot and third seed David Ferrer also booked his spot in the third round after overcoming a spirited Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-3.
The table below lists the results of the third day at the Barcelona Open:
|(2) Rafael Nadal beat Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-1|
|Benoit Paire beat (8) Ernests Gulbis 1-6, 6-2, 6-3|
|(12) Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Andrey Kuznetsov 7-6 (1), 6-3|
|(6) Jo-Wilfred Tsonga lost to Marcel Granollers 4-6, 2-6|
|(4) Marin Cilic lost to Victor Estrella Burgos 4-6, 4-6|
|(13) Fabio Fognini beat Andrey Rublev 3-6, 6-4, 6-1|
|Elias Ymer beat (16) Nick Kyrgios 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7)|
|(11) Leonardo Mayer lost to Pablo Andujar 6-2, 1-6, 2-6|
|(15) Santiago Giraldo defeated Joao Sousa 6-3, 3-6, 6-1|
|(3) David Ferrer beat Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-3|
|(5) Feliciano Lopez beat Marsel Ilhan 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (5)|
|(14) Martin Klizan beat Juan Monaco 5-7, 6-0, 6-3|
Day 4: Nadal crashes out
In what was, inarguably the biggest upset of the tournament, Fabio Fognini of Italy brought eight-time champion Rafael Nadal to his knees. The Spaniard, after having cantered to an easy win against Almagro, was sent packing after he lost the third round match to Fognini in straight sets, 4-6, 6-7 (6).
Prior to Nadal’s exit from the tournament, top-seed Kei Nishikori saw Santiago Giraldo off in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. David Ferrer too had little trouble getting past Elias Ymer.
The table below lists the results of the fifth day at the Barcelona Open.
|Pablo Andujar beat (5) Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4.|
|(14) Martin Klizan beat Victor Estrella Burgos 6-3, 6-4.|
|(12) Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-3.|
|(3) David Ferrer beat Elias Ymer 6-3, 6-4.|
|(1) Kei Nishikori beat (15) Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 6-1.|
|(10) Pablo Cuevas lost to (7) Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7 (5), 2-6|
|(9 Tommy Robredo beat Marcel Granollers 6-2, 6-2.|
|(2) Rafael Nadal lost to (13) Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-7 (6).|