Tennis Betting: Barcelona Open preview

Where: Barcelona, Spain
Surface: Clay

Top seed: Rafael Nadal

Defending champion: Rafael Nadal

Draw analysis: Nadal was given an draw in Monte Carlo and predictably took advantage. His route to another title in Barcelona is more challenging, although it has already improved following the withdrawal of Tomas Berdych through injury.

The top-seed’s could face his compatriots Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Pablo Andujar, followed by Janko Tipsarevic.

David Ferrer is in the other half of the draw along with Andy Murray. They are on course for a semi-final showdown, with probably either Fernando Verdasco or Kei Nishikori meeting Nadal in the other semi.

Ferrer was knocked out early in Monte Carlo, but he is in the weakest quarter in Barcelona and should recover. Murray has a more difficult week and could face Robin Haase in the third round and Nicolas Almagro in the quarters.

Who’s Hot: Rafael Nadal, Janko Tipsarevic, Kei Nishikori, Nicolas Almagro, Kevin Anderson, Pablo Andujar, Albert Ramos, David Goffin, Robin Haase

Who’s Cold: Victor Hanescu, Andreas Beck, Ernests Gulbis, Albert Montanes, Sergiy Stakhovsky

Quarter-final predictions: Rafael Nadal to beat Janko Tipsarevic, Fernando Verdasco to beat Albert Ramos, David Ferrer to beat Jarkko Nieminen, and Andy Murray to beat Nicolas Almagro

Semi-finals: Nadal to beat Verdasco and Murray to beat Ferrer

Final: Nadal to beat Murray