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David Ferrer and Richard Gasquet get a special tour of the home of FC Barcelona. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Jordi Ramos / Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
See the latest Emirates ATP Rankings as of 18 April 2016.
Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares take ATP World Tour Uncovered behind the curtain for the annual Monte Carlo Rolex Masters players' revue.
ATP World Tour Uncovered goes behind the scenes at the 2016 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.
Watch Monday highlights from the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest, including wins for Kyle Edmund and Damir Dzumhur plus an interview with Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Photo: Raed Krishan/Gazeta Sporturilor
Watch highlights from Tuesday at the Barcelona Open BancSabadell, featuring wins for NextGen star Karen Khachanov and Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Manuel Queimadelos / Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
Get to know the Next Generation's Karen Khachanov, who talks about his Top 20 win over Roberto Bautista Agut and his start in tennis. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com
World No.1 Novak Djokovic was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for the second year in a row. The Serb was on hand in Berlin to accept his award, dedicating it to Formula One driver Niki Lauda and footballer Johan Cruyff. Djokovic topped fellow star athletes Stephen Curry, Lewis Hamilton, Usain Bolt, Jordan Spieth and Lionel Messi for the award.April 18, 2016
"He had a great year again," said Djokovic's coach Boris Becker, a Laureus Academy member. "He's played 88 matches, has won 82, He won three out of the four Grand Slams, reached the final of the French Open, he’s won seven other tournaments. Very few players, if any, had a year like that."
He tweeted ahead of the ceremony:Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) April 18, 2016
Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili came back from the brink to overcome former finalist Nicolas Almagro 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-2 on Monday at the Barcelona Open BancSabadell. Almagro, the 2013 runner-up (l. to Nadal), made a first-round exit for just the second time in 13 appearances at this ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tournament.
World No. 54 Gabashvili saved two match points while serving down 3-5 in the second set and broke Almagro to love in the next game. He clinched the victory after two hours and 11 minutes as he capitalised on his seventh match point opportunity.
There were mixed results for NextGen stars on Monday. Alexander Zverev, the 2015 ATP Star of Tomorrow presented by Emirates, dismissed fellow German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-3. Zverev, who celebrates his 19th birthday on Wednesday, is currently at a career-high No. 51 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
South Korea's Hyeon Chung fell to Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri 6-3, 6-4, while another 19 year old, qualifier Karen Khachanov, went the distance to defeat Great Britain's Aljaz Bedene 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(2) in two hours and four minutes. Khachanov saved a match point in the 12th game of the third set, and recorded his first ATP World Tour main draw win since a quarter-final effort three years ago in Moscow.
Four-time finalist and No. 3 seed David Ferrer will start his Barcelona campaign against Radek Stepanek. The Czech qualifier, the oldest player in the main draw at 37 years of age, defeated Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 7-5.
A pair of Spaniards also advanced on the first day of main draw action. Wild card Albert Montanes beat countryman Roberto Carballes Baena 6-3, 6-3, while Inigo Cervantes advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Croatian qualifier Franko Skugor.
Bryans Make Strong Start
Second seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan made a winning return in their first Barcelona appearance in four years. The Americans, champions in 2003 and '08, needed just 42 minutes to cruise past Benoit Paire and Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-1.
Take a look at qualifying matches at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy.
Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori play mini tennis at Tibidabo to launch the 2016 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Sergi Carmona
Eight-time former winner Rafael Nadal and two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori launched the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell in style on Monday, playing tennis on top of Tibidabo Mountain to pose for a spectacular photo opportunity overlooking Barcelona.
Between them, Nadal and Nishikori have accounted for 10 of the past 11 editions of this historic ATP World Tour event.
The 29-year-old Nadal arrived straight from Monte-Carlo, where he captured his ninth Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters crown on Sunday with victory over Gael Monfils. After winning his first ATP World Tour title of the season last week, the Spaniard is now looking to regain the Barcelona title that he won from 2005-09 and 2011-13.
“I am very happy about the tournament in Monte Carlo," said Nadal, who is due to open his Barcelona campaign against either Marcel Granollers or Daniel Munoz de la Nava. "It’s one of the most important ones of the season. Yesterday was a great day. I played at a very high level during the entire week. But now I have to continue like this in the next tournaments.
“Athletes live for their victories. We have to fight hard to do well and achieve victories.
"The objective in 2016 is to be happy. I have to keep playing, but be happy above all. I am looking forward to the tournament.”
Playing his first clay-court tournament of the season, the 26-year-old Nishikori is looking to three-peat at this ATP World Tour 500 tournament in Barcelona, where he beat Santiago Giraldo in the 2014 final and Pablo Andujar last year.
"I want to win the tournament again,” said Nishikori, who faces either Thiemo de Bakker or wild card Elias Ymer in the second round. “This is my favourite tournament. The toughest 500 event, especially on clay, with all the Spanish players and Rafa in good shape. It will be a tough competition.
“I saw a little bit of the Monte-Carlo final yesterday. It was a great match. I think Rafa is in great shape and he is playing great tennis again. It is going to be a tough match if Rafa and I play the final, but it will be a great week.”
Two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori speaks about what he loves most about Barcelona and the tournament he's been so successful at. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.
Rafael Nadal reflects on his positive week in Monte-Carlo as he looks ahead to the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.
Nicolas Almagro and Pablo Carreno Busta participate in a Peugeot kids' clinic, while Roberto Bautista Agut entertains questions from children at a press conference Sunday at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.
World No. 92 Kyle Edmund made a winning start to his BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy debut on Monday by striking 11 aces to knock out 2013 champion Lukas Rosol 7-6(4), 7-6(5) in one hour and 44 minutes. The Brit will next face fourth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
"The weather has been hot and warm, which is quite different than in England, so it is taking me a bit of time to adjust to the conditions," said Edmund. "I was surprised with the turnout of the crowd today. It is quite a good atmosphere.
"I knew it was going to be a touch match against Rosol. He has been on the Tour for a long time [and] is very experienced. It was my first match on clay, so I needed to make adjustments from hard to clay. I never expected to play my best tennis today. I was just trying to be more comfortable with my movement as the match went on. I think I played well on the big points especially in the tie-breaks."
Later in the day, sixth seed Guido Pella defeated Adrian Ungur 7-5, 6-2 in one hour and 40 minutes. Damir Dzumhur (6-1, 3-6, 6-2 over Marius Copil) and Taro Daniel (6-2, 6-0 over Michael Linzer) also advanced to the second round.
Second Seeds Reach Quarters
In doubles, No. 2 seeds Eric Butorac and Scott Lipsky beat hope homes Victor Vlad Cornea and Victor Hanescu 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals. Fourth seeds Jonathan Erlich and Colin Fleming also advanced to the last eight, 6-7(3), 7-6(7), 10-6 winners over Robin Haase and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi.
Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his ninth Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters crown in this Moet Moment. Photo: Getty Images
Watch highlights from Monday at the Barcelona Open BancSabadell, featuring wins for Alexander Zverev and Teymuraz Gabashvili. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Manuel Queimadelos / Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell