Rafa Nadal, Barcelona Open 2016

Rafa admitted he played his worst match of the tournament in the semifinal, but it was still enough to defeat Kohlschreiber in straight sets and advance to the final.
Nadal aims to clinch his record ninth Barcelona title, while Nishikori seeks to become the third player in history (after Mats Wilander and Rafael Nadal) to lift the Conde de Godo Trophy three years in a row.

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Escort Kids con Rafael Nadal

Escort Kids con Rafael Nadal

Escort Kids con Nadal y Kohlschreiber

Jornada del 24/04/2016 en la 64º edición del Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell

Rafael Nadal entre la marea de aficionados

Kei Nishikori is the two-time defending champion:

Kei Nishikori alzando el 62 Trofeo Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

Entrega del trofeo del Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

Rafa Nadal won the tournament 8 times, the last time in 2013:

Final Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell Trofeo Conde de Godó

Nishikori or Nadal, who do you think will win?

Photo credit: Banc Sabadell

Kei Nishikori and Benoit Paire, Barcelona Open 2016

Kei Nishikori stormed past Benoit Paire 6-3 6-2 to reach third consecutive Barcelona Open final. The two-time defending champion will face Rafael Nadal tomorrow.

Escort Kids de AFANOC, con el patrocinio de Banco Sabadell antes del partido Nishikori - Paire

Escort Kids de AFANOC, con el patrocinio de Banco Sabadell antes del partido Nishikori - Paire
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Rafael Nadal, Barcelona Open 2016

Alexander Zverev celebrated his 19th birthday with a hard-fought win over 15th Thomaz Bellucci 6-3 6-7 7-5. He’ll face Malek Jaziri in the third round.

20/04 en la 64º Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

2-time defending champion Kei Nishikori started his 2016 clay court campaign with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Thiemo de Bakker. His next opponent is Jérémy Chardy.

20/04 en la 64º Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

20/04 en la 64º Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
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Novak Djokovic, Miami 2016

Unstoppable. After his 6-2 6-0 win over Milos Raonic in the Indian Wells last week, Novak Djokovic dispatched Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-3 to win his third consecutive Miami Open title, his 28th Masters 100 tournament overall.

Novak will now head back to Europe for the clay court season. Do you think he will win Roland Garros, the only Slam missing to his trophy collection?

Miami Open 2016

Novak Djokovic
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Kei Nishikori, Memphis Open

Kei Nishikori defeated first time ATP finalist Taylor Fritz to capture his fourth consecutive Memphis Open title, his 11th career title. Read the recap of the match, and check out our complete Memphis Open coverage.

2016 Memphis Open final

2016 Memphis Open final

2016 Memphis Open final

2016 Memphis Open final
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Taylor Fritz a,d Kei Nishikori handshake, Memphis Open 2016

Championship Sunday coincided with Valentine’s Day this year, which provided the tournament with a theme for several promotions, including a “Treat Your Love to Valentine’s Brunch” and a tableful of chocolate truffles in shiny red boxes.

truffles for St. Jude

The truffles, glasses of prosecco, and tickets to a drawing for a $2,500 necklace (compliments of Memphis’s James Gattas Jewelers, whose current Twitter avatar [@GattasJewelers] currently features a photo of Gattas with Kukushkin and Kudla) were sold to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Ushers handed out ServiceMaster towels, which emcee Andrew Krasny would later encourage fans to wave during his exhortations to “MAKE MORE NOISE!”

Servicemaster towels

Robin Soderling was scheduled to sign autographs in The MO at 1 p.m., which was also the starting time of the doubles final. On Stadium Court, Beg to Differ, an a cappella group from Memphis University School, performed a selection of pop standards, and then the national anthem:

National anthem
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