The preview of the match
Rafa Nadal and Pablo Carreño face off in the semifinals of the Conde de Godó tournament in Barcelona. Favoritism is the responsibility of the Balearic seven times he has faced Carreño he has been victorious.
This season Nadal has a total of 8 games with a positive balance of 6 wins and only 2 losses, while Pablo Carreño He has played 14 games, with 10 wins and 4 losses, so both come in good streaks of play and will put to the test what is their true moment of form, and who is enough to play a classic tournament in Barcelona.
The number 3 and 13 of the ranking they face each other on the Barcelona clay to appear as the Spanish representative who has gone the furthest in this tournament.
Carreño and his most difficult challenge against Nadal
The Spanish Pablo Carreño he assured this Friday that the semifinal match of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell-Conde de Godó Trophy that he will face tomorrow against Rafael Nadal “maybe the toughest match on land right now“.
“Rafa is probably the toughest match on this surface. He is gaining confidence in every game. He is playing better and better, so tomorrow may be the most difficult match on clay at the moment, “said the 13th in the world after an exciting victory against the Argentine. Diego Schwartzman by 6-4, 3-6 and 7-5.
“It was a very important victory for me, after going 5-2 down in the third set.. In these types of matches you need to suffer and fight all the time. I don’t know exactly what happened in the third set, but all the games were very tight, “said the Spaniard about his comeback against the Argentine.
Despite the difficulty of his match against Rafa Nadal, eleven times champion in Barcelona, Carreño said that he was clear about his recipe and that he would try to “enjoy the moment.”
“He is a very complete player, to which you have to play very aggressive and try not to dominate you because if he takes the initiative he is practically dead, “summed up the Asturian, who has never been able to win the Balearic Islands in seven clashes.
Nadal and his reunion with the semifinals
The Spanish Rafael Nadal celebrated this Friday having arrived at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell-Conde de Godó Trophy to their first semifinals of the year after “a positive victory and a positive day.”
“That’s the thing today. I’ve been able to get to that round (semi-finals) for the first time this year. That’s good news. I’m happy with how I’ve improved every day, and now is the time to keep improving,” he explained. world number 3 after winning easily to Briton Cameron Norrie, 6-1, 6-4.
The eleven-time champion in Barcelona said he played “a good first set, with intensity and taking advantage of the points with the right”, although he regretted a slump in the second set.
“Today I have won a match that has been more comfortable. The first set I played at a very good level, then I lowered the intensity a bit and the game got complicated. But I have managed to win in two sets and with a good result “, he valued.
Despite his victory, the first seed of Godó recalled that in competition “every day is a new day” and in each phase the players start from scratch.
“We are in a tournament and every day we start again. Today I was able to win another game. They are three consecutive games won, something positive for me. I will have the opportunity to play a semifinal tomorrow and therefore it is good news and something that for me is to advance, “he explained.
After the match against Norrie, which lasted one hour and 34 minutes, the man from Manacor did a brief training session “to loosen up his body a bit,” he said.
Nadal expects a rival in the semifinals, who will come out of the cross between the ninth in the ATP ranking, the Argentine Diego Schwartzman, and the world number 13, the Asturian Pablo Carreño.