Rafael Nadal defeated Ilya Iwaska not without problems in the second round of the ATP 500 Sandlands Championship in Barcelona. Fabio Funini was disqualified due to unsportsmanlike behavior and profanity towards the linear judge.

Marcin Motika

Raphael Nadal

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After failing at Monte Carlo, where he was knocked out in the quarter-finals, Rafael Nadal entered the ATP tournament in Barcelona, ​​hoping to perform better. “I think that the negative things will not reflect on me, and I try to be positive every day to reach what I want to go to,” he said. At the opening of the competition in the Catalan capital, he won with Ilya Ivashka (3: 6, 6: 2, 6: 4), but it was not his successful performance.

I keep making many unusual mistakes again and run into trouble serving them effectively. Especially in the first set, he gave the initiative to a powerful blow to Iwaska and allowed himself a deep defense. He only got an advantage from the second match, when he limited the number of fouls, passed better, attacked more than once, and his opponent began to lose strength.

“At first he played well and I didn’t,” atptour.com quoted Nadal as saying. – Then I changed the way I played and started to be more aggressive. She fought hard to win. I needed it after losing at Monte Carlo, ”added the Spanish coach, who made 1 ace, 3 breakouts and 16 goals in two hours and 19 minutes.

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In the third round, he will face two former Barcelona Open champions Sabadell. However, the 11-time winner will face Ki Nishikori, the two-time champ. The Japanese beat Christian Garen 7: 6 (5), 4: 6, 6: 1 on Wednesday.

Fabio Fonigny is known for his harsh court reactions, but he crossed the limit for judges’ admission on Wednesday. During the second set of the match against Burnaby Zapata, he was disqualified due to unsportsmanlike behavior and vulgar words about a streak referee. In addition, when he left the field, he crushed the racket into the net hard.

Zapata, who has made his way into the tournament’s main category through eliminations, will face fellow countryman Pablo Carreno in the 1/8 Finals. Ranked sixth, the Spaniard gave Jordan Thompson four matches.

Fourth-number one Diego Schwartzman was losing 3: 6, 3: 5, but he finally turned the game against Frances Tiafo and defeated the American 3-6, 7: 5, 6: 1. The Argentine will face Corentin Mutet in order to climb to the quarter-finals. The French won 6: 4, 5: 7, 6: 3 with Daniel Evans, the championship “16”.

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, Barcelona (Spain)
ATP 500, clay pitches, total prize pool of € 1.565 million
Wednesday April 21

The second round of singles:

Rafael Nadal (Spain, 1) defeats Ilya Ivashka (Belarus) 3-6 6-2 6-4
Diego Schwartzman (Argentina, 4): beating Francis Tiavo (USA) 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Pablo Carreno (Spain 6) – Jordan Thompson (Australia) 6-4 6-0
Bernabe Zapata (Spain, Q) B. Fabio Fonnini (Italy, 9) 6-0, 4-4 and disqualified.
Kei Nishikori (Japan) – Christian Garen (Chile, 13) 7: 6 (5), 4: 6, 6: 1
Corentin Moutet (France) beat Daniel Evans (UK 16) 6-4 5-7 6-3

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