Barcelona Open draw: Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Dan Evans learn their paths
Rafael Nadal and his Monte-Carlo Masters conqueror Andrey Rublev have been kept apart in the Barcelona Open draw, but the Russian does find himself in the same half as Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Rublev stunned 11-time Monte-Carlo champion Nadal in the quarter-finals in the Principality on Friday and he will meet fourth seed Tsitsipas in the final on Court Rainier III on Sunday.
The duo are both in the bottom half of the ATP 500 clay event and Tsitsipas could face Spanish wildcard Jaime Munar or Tiago Monteiro from Brazil in the second round while Rublev will play Benoit Paire or a qualifier.
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Rublev also finds himself in the same section as Roberto Bautista Agut and Casper Ruud, players he beat en route to the final in Monte Carlo.
The 11-time Barcelona Open champion Nadal leads the way in the top half and the top seed will face either Adrian Mannarino or a qualifier in the second round.
Eighth seed David Goffin and 12th seed Karen Khachanov are the other seeded players in his section.
British No 1 Evans, who will rise to a career-high No 26 in the ATP Rankings on the back of his Monte-Carlo semi-final, faces Dominik Koepfer or Corentin Moutet in the first round while fourth seed Diego Schwartzman could await in the third round.
Section 2 also contains sixth seed Pablo Carreño Busta and the ninth-seeded Fabio Fognini, who could be possible quarter-final opponents.
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