Rafael Nadal will be hoping to bounce back from his Monte Carlo Masters defeat by defending his ATP 500 crown in Barcelona this week.
The Spaniard was beaten by his fellow countryman David Ferrer in the quarter finals who then lost to eventual winner, Stanislas Wawrinka.
This is the second year in a row that Nadal has failed to win the Monte Carlo Masters after his nine year defence that preceded his 2013 final defeat to Novak Djokovic. However, following this, the world number one went on to win Masters events in Rome and Madrid and then the French Open.
He recorded his 300th win on clay last week but he is hoping to continue his success on the red dirt this week.
"The Barcelona Open has always been special for me,” Nadal said.
“Always great support from the crowd, a lot of success in the past years for me. I hope to be ready to compete again here and compete well."
Nadal is unbeaten in 37 matches in Spain's second city and will be wanting to extend his streak with the absence of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray. Djokovic is recovering from an arm injury that he picked up at last week's event and so David Ferrer will go into this event as the number two seed.
Nicholas Almagro and Fernando Verdasco are also in action this week which includes a total of 15 Spaniards in the opening round which begins today.
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