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***Vamos Rafa in Barcelona!!!***

I know everyone's mind is on the Monte Carlo final, but the draw for Rafa's next tournament, Open Seat Godó, is already out!

(1)Rafael,NADAL vs BYE
LOPEZ, Feliciano vs Q
Q vs DJOKOVIC, Novak
(16)SRICHAPHAN, Paradorn vs Q

(9)BERDYCH, Tomas vs MONTANES, Albert
PORTAS, Albert vs HERNANDEZ, Oscar
KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp vs SLUITER, Raemon
(7)NIEMINEN, Jarkko vs BYE

(3)CORIA, Guillermo vs BYE
ZIB, Tomas vs (WC) vs BLANCO, Galo
PAVEL, Andrei vs ALMAGRO, Nicolas
(13)MONFILS, Gael vs Q

(10)FERRERO, Juan-Carlos vs VLIEGEN, Kristof
MARTIN, Alberto vs (WC)SALVA-VIDAL, Bartolome
(WC)COSTA, Albert vs SPADEA, Vincent
(8)HRBATY, Dominik vs BYE

(6)ROBREDO, Tommy vs BYE
STARACE, Potito vs DLOUHY, Lukas
CALLERI, Agustin vs GIMELSTOB, Justin
(12)VERDASCO, Fernandovs vs VIK, Robin

(14)TURSUNOV, Dmitry vs (WC)CUADRADO, Carlos
MATHIEU, Paul-Henri vs MARIN, Juan Antonio
VOLANDRI, Filippo vs Q
(4)STEPANEK, Radek vs BYE

(5)FERRER, David vs BYE
(WC)GRANOLLERS-PUJOL, Marcel vs MURRAY, Andy
WAWRINKA, Stanislas vs LAPENTTI, Nicolas
(11)ANDREEV, Igor vs GABASHVILI, Teimuraz

(15)MOYA, Carlos vs Q
Q vs VICENTE, Fernando
KARLOVIC, Ivo vs MIRNYI, Max
(2)DAVYDENKO, Nikolay vs BYE


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Past Champions Return for Second Shot at Barcelona Glory


The past four Spanish winners of the Open SEAT Godo - Rafael Nadal, Tommy Robredo, Carlos Moya and Juan Carlos Ferrero - all return for a second chance at glory in Barcelona, while 1997 champion Albert Costa bids adieu to professional tennis this week before the home crowd.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal heads up the main draw and will face the winner of the Barcelona opener between Spaniard Feliciano Lopez and a qualifier. He could come up against seventh-seeded Finn Jarkko Nieminen or ninth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals with a potential semifinal clash with countrymen Ferrero, his 2005 final opponent, or Costa waiting in the wings.

Ferrero will be attempting to reach his fourth event final, but faces a challenging quarter of the draw that, in addition to Costa, includes Argentine Guillermo Coria, recent Valencia champion Nicolas Almagro and ATP Newcomer of the Year Gael Monfils. His first round match will be against Belgian Kristof Vliegen, who has put together an impressive start to the season and boasts a career-best mark of 14-7 just four months into 2006.

Costa, who will be making his 14th consecutive appearance at the tournament, will face American Vincent Spadea. Spadea won their last encounter in the first round of last year's Roland Garros.

The bottom half of the draw is led by Russian Nikolay Davydenko, who bowed out in the openers of his first two clay court events of 2006 in Valencia and Monte-Carlo. Davydenko will meet one of two giants in his second round match - the 6'5" (1.96m) Max Mirnyi or the 6'10" (2.08m) Ivo Karlovic. A victory could pit him against 2003 champion Moya, who will face a qualifier in first-round action.

Also in the same quarter of the draw, fifth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer will take on the winner of the match between young Scot Andy Murray and Spanish wild card Marcel Granollers-Pujol.

Meanwhile, 2004 champion Robredo is seeded to play Czech Radek Stepanek, the No. 4 seed, in the quarterfinals. The Barcelona native brings an event record of 12-6 into his opener against either Potito Starace or Lukas Dlouhy. Stepanek reached the semifinals in his Barcelona debut last year.
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mallorn thanks for posting the draw, the article, and that beautiful picture I would love to see a 2006 version of that picture
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I'm sure Rafa is able to win this tournament again !!!!! It will be though a lot of specialists are there!!

Vamos Rafa let's see some nice tennis, a lot of vamos, lifts and fists pumping

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Nadal out to extend winning streak
Date: 24/04/06
By Simon Cambers

Champion Rafael Nadal will have to battle fatigue and a strong field as he aims to extend his claycourt winning streak at the Barcelona Open which starts on Monday.

Having beaten world number one Roger Federer for the fourth time in five meetings to capture his second successive Monte Carlo Masters title on Sunday, Nadal will be the overwhelming favourite at the Real Club de Barcelona.

The 19-year-old Spaniard has now won 42 consecutive matches on clay. He is third in the all-time list behind Argentine Guillermo Vilas and Bjorn Borg of Sweden.

After scrapping for almost four hours on Sunday, however, he will need to recover quickly.

The top seed has a bye into round two where he could face fellow Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez.

Guillermo Coria, the third seed, or former French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero could await him in the semi-finals.

On the form of previous years, Coria would be confident of at least reaching the semi-finals but the Argentine is struggling with his serve.

He produced an ATP Tour record 23 double faults in one match last week in Monte Carlo but was unfazed by the problem.

"Whatever the number of double faults, be it 15 or 20, it doesn't matter," he said in Monte Carlo.

"Since I had surgery on my shoulder, I cannot hope to serve as well as I did before but I'm still working on that shot and what I need is confidence.

"I'm hoping I will be able to serve as good as I played in my first match in Miami where I didn't make any double faults."

Coria will meet either Tomas Zib of the Czech Republic or Galo Blanco, a Spanish wildcard entrant, in the second round.

Ferrero continues his quest to regain the form that made him the world's best player on clay in 2003.

As a former Barcelona winner, he should feel at home this week but the 26th ranked Ferrero faces a tough first-round match against Belgium's Kristof Vliegen who has reached two semi-finals this year.

In the bottom half of the draw, second seed Nikolay Davydenko and a trio of Spaniards - David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo, 1998 Roland Garros champion Carlos Moya - will all be looking for a big week.

Another former French Open champion, Albert Costa, will make his final ATP Tour appearance before retiring. The Spanish wildcard will face American Vincent Spadea in the opening round.

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Good Luck Rafa !!!!

VAMOS !!!!

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I have already pencilled in Nadal in the winner box of my draw!

Hopp Rogi! Go Gonzo! Allez Gasquet!

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poor Feli Lopez ...

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I have already pencilled in Nadal in the winner box of my draw!
Don't you jinx him!

Feli won his match against Klec 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 so he is in fact Rafa's first opponent.

And Carlos lost against Korolev, 5-7, 4-6.

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Don't you jinx him!

Feli won his match against Klec 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 so he is in fact Rafa's first opponent.

And Carlos lost against Korolev, 5-7, 4-6.
That's why I only PENCILLED him in...

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mallorn thanks for posting the draw, the article, and that beautiful picture I would love to see a 2006 version of that picture
Me too

VAMOS RAFA !!!

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Ok guys, it's showtime.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Pista Central start 10:30 AM

(7)Bhupathi/Friedl vs Djokovic/Tursunov
Not before 11:45 AM
(10)J Ferrero (ESP) vs A Martin (ESP)
Not before 2:30 PM
(WC)A Costa (ESP) vs (8)D Hrbaty (SVK)
Not before 5:00 PM
(1)R Nadal (ESP) vs F Lopez (ESP)

A Calleri (ARG) vs (12)F Verdasco (ESP)




VAMOS RAFA!



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'Nadalmania' hits Barcelona once again

The star's presence eclipses Ferrero's victory and Moya's defeat

By SERGIO HEREDIA - 25/04/2006

Barcelona.- After winning in Monte Carlo on Sunday afternoon, exactly as he did last year, when he travelled with his father and his uncle/trainer, Nadal got into a car and drove the 688 kilometers, all night on the highway, to reach Barcelona in six and a half hours early in the morning, go to bed for a short while, turn up at the Village at the Real Club de Tennis, fulfil his contractual obligations (this time to pose with the shirt that has been specially designed for him by Nike for the Open SEAT Conde de Godó tournament), have some more sleep and then appear on Court 18 later in the afternoon to hit for an hour with Tomeu Salva, another Mallorcan, another leftie. Everyone is after the 'wonder boy' : another bout of 'Nadalmania' has started once again in Barcelona and heady days lie ahead of him on the centre court in Pedralbes, where tomorrow he plays his first match against Feliciano Lopez. "I don't know why the advertisers come after me. Perhaps you had better ask them," he said yesterday, amid a sea of journalists, cameras, tape recorders and fans...

Attention and obligations were divided yesterday at the club. While some turned there attention to Nadal, others concentrated on the action on centre court where almost all the predictions were fulfilled (Almagro, Costa and Ferrero won but Moya lost), and yet others surrounded court one where some players of whom much is expected in the future were playing: Monfils and Murray, for example, defeated Galvani and Granollers respectively.

Compared with these two latter players, with Monfils, with Gasquet or with Murray, players of his own generation, Nadal is an extraordinary prodigy, according to foreign journalists, especially the French who have been analysing the matter for some time.

The way the respective players carry themselves both on and off the court is proof of this. While Murray and Monfils lower their voice, answer in monosyllables with no colloquial resources , Nadal is fluent and articulate, appears on television shows, gives press conference after press conference, gives satisfaction whenever he is asked, to whoever asks for another comment, another autograph, another smile...

"To start off with, my big opponent will be Feliciano," he said yesterday: a straight answer without any embelishment or double meanings, typical of someone with his feet firmly on the ground. Nadal has won 42 matches without loss on clay - he has not lost since April last year when Andreev beat him in Valencia - four short of Borg and eleven fewer than Vilas, he has defeated Federer in their two encounters in 2006, and he still maintains the same posture, calmly analyzing everything, never claiming special skill, never taking a match for won before it is played. "I suppose I've still got to improve a great deal, he insists. If at 19 I can't keep on improving, then that's a poor state of affairs....".

Nadal's future lies gloriously ahead of him, unlike Albert Costa's that will come to an end this week. "I don't know exactly when I'll be going," said the 30-year-old Costa after defeating Spadea (US). "But I do know that when I lose a match here, I will retire from competition. I would like to lose to my friend Alex (Corretja) or to Nadal, against someone that is meaningful for me. I don't suppose that will be easy." Costa took almost three hours to beat Spadea 7-6 4-6 6-1 in a not particularly noteworthy match. "You can't imagine how little fun I get these days out of throwing myself around a tennis court for two and a half hours," insisted Costa, who is excited about the future. "After this, I will only ever return to tennis as a veteran. Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps."

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