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Rafael Nadal vs Albert Ramos - Barcelona Open Match Preview

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Rafael Nadal vs Albert Ramos - Barcelona Open Match Preview
Defending champion Rafael Nadal will be looking to bounce back from that shock defeat at the Monte Carlo Masters last week as he takes on fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos at the Barcelona Open here in Catalonia.

Having suffered a painful defeat at the Monte Carlo Masters last week, World No.1 Rafael Nadal will be in no mood to fiddle about when he steps on court here in Barcelona. Rafa, known to be an absolute perfectionist, played a poor tournament last week, making it a less than average start for the Spaniard to the clay court season.

Last season, after losing at the Monte Carlo Masters, the Majorcan went on an absolute roll, winning 24 matches on the trot. That 24 match winning run included four back to back titles including this one here in Barcelona.

The 27 year-old was an absolute mercenary – a man on a mission who wasn’t about to give in to any kind of opposition. And any educated follower of the sport would expect nothing less from him from here on in. Till now, 2014 has turned out be an erratic season for the King of Clay as he has reached a couple of finals, but has failed to win a major tournament.

That loss in January at the Australian Open still seems to bother him, which is something he admitted at his press conference at the start of the event. The Spaniard does need to put an effort to put that devastating loss behind him and try to move on and focus on the task at hand.

Last week, his defeat to compatriot David Ferrer wasn’t just shocking for him, but it was shocking for the entire world as he hadn’t lost a match to anyone but Novak Djokovic on red clay since 2009.

Today, Rafa will be up against fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos. Ramos is a player who loves to rally from the back of the court, but once again isn’t as equipped with too many strokes in his game that could trouble Nadal. In this strange season, though, anything is possible.

Head to Head: This is the second time that the two are squaring off with Rafa winning the first one easily.

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Posted By osmankhan,   Posted about 1880 days and 18 hours ago

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Nadal is the fav



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