Daniil Medvedev, Barcelona 2019

Daniil Medvedev is the first player to qualify for the Barcelona semifinals thanks to his 6-3 6-4 victory over lucky-loser Nicolas Jarry. The Chilean had beaten Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov in the previous rounds.
Winner in Sofia, finalist in Brisbane, semi-finalist in Monte Carlo, Medvedev has a tour-leading 24-7 match record this season.

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He will face Kei Nishikori for a place in the final. The Japanese defeated lucky-loser Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 7-5 to reach the semi-finals.
Medvedev and Nishikori met in the Brisbane final earlier this year, with the latter capturing the title after a 3-set battle.

Photo credit: Banco Sadabell

Read more:
The Next Gen, 2 years after
Sofia 2019: Medvedev cruises to the title
Brisbane 2019: Nishikori claims the title

David Ferrer, Barcelona 2019

Rafa Nadal defeated David Ferrer 6-3 6-3 to advance to the Barcelona quarterfinals for the 13th time of his career, but it was all about Ferru today as he played his last match in Barcelona and will retire in Madrid in a few weeks time.
The former world number 3 is a true champion who always gave it all on court and has a trophy case most players can only dream of: 27 titles among them 10 ATP 500 and one Masters 1000 (Bercy 2012), 3 Davis Cups (2008, 2009, 2011). He reached the 2013 Roland Garros final (l. to Nadal), the Australian and US Open finals and the Wimbledon quarterfinals. He also recorded 54 top 10 wins, the last one being a victory over Zverev in Miami last month.

David Ferrer, Barcelona Open 2019

Rafael Nadal, Barcelona Open 2019

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Rafael Nadal, Barcelona Open 2019

A few days after his surprising semi-finals loss to Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo, Rafael Nadal rallied from a set down to defeat Leonardo Mayer 6-7 6-4 6-2. In the next round he’ll face David Ferrer, who dismantled Australian Open semifinalist Lucas Pouille 6-3 6-1.

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Monte-Carlo champion Fabio Fognini pulled out of the tournament citing a leg injury, while Alexander Zverev‘s bad season continues: he crashed out in the second round, beaten by lucky loser Nicolas Jarry 3-6 7-5 7-6.

Photo credit: Banco Sadabell

Naomi Osaka

Just Do It: Tokyo, Nike’s latest film, comes from Japan and encourages female athletes to move forward through sport. Tennis star Naomi Osaka, basketball player Evelyn Mawuli, dancer Koharu Sugawara and champion skateboarders Aori Nishimura and Sky Brown are among those featured.

“To me it’s always been about trusting myself and staying positive. I hope everyone can relate to that, just ignore the noise from others and keep on moving towards what you believe in,” Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka signs with Nike

Nike just announced the signing of world number one Naomi Osaka.

“As we continue to inspire millions of athletes to chase their crazy dreams, Naomi is an incredible talent to add to our roster and help drive our commitment to inspiring a new generation of female athletes,” says Amy Montagne VP, GM of Global Categories. “We are thrilled to have her join our team.”

Her first official competition in Nike gear will be the Stuttgart tournament, beginning April 22.

“I’m proud to become a member of the Nike family and excited about getting involved in all of the opportunities Nike has to offer,” says Osaka. “Nike has a legendary track record of writing history and I look forward to being a part of those moments for many years to come.”

Naomi Osaka signs with Nike