It’s quarterfinals day at the Banc Sabadell 2014 Barcelona tennis Open, and there’s a great all-Spanish showdown in store, as top-seeded Rafael Nadal battles Nicolas Almago in this morning’s live streaming (online) match. As reported by BBC on April 24, it took the eight-time defending champ an hour and 23 minutes to defeat Croatia’s Ivan Dodig (6-3, 6-3), while his countryman ousted Fernando Verdasco, also in straight sets.
Pista Central’s red clay at Real Club de Tenis in Barcelona, Spain, will serve as host for this exciting ATP clash between a couple of top-20 players. All the action gets underway this morning between 10 and 10:30 a.m. EST following the conclusion of the match between Marin Cilic (Croatia) and Kei Nishikori (Japan).
Tennis fans around the world can watch Nadal and Almagro do battle through a number of outlets. Although in the United States, this clash will not be televised, thanks to ESPN’s family of networks, it will be streaming live and free of charge on ESPN3 (click here).
An April 24, 2014, CNN piece indicates that today’s tennis quarterfinal will actually be a rematch of last year’s Barcelona Open final. Looking to avenge a straight-set (6-4, 6-3) loss at the hands of Nadal, Almagro will have to defy serious odds to get the job done.
According to ATP tennis oddsmakers, Rafael Nadal (-800) comes in as a huge betting favorite to remain perfect against Nicolas Almagro (+600) as they meet for the 11th time in their careers. The OVER/UNDER for this match is set at a combined total of 20½ games, and alternate game-spreads go as follows: Nadal -4½ (-110) vs. Almagro +4½ (-106).
Can “Rafa” keep things rolling towards an unprecedented ninth Barcelona tennis Open championship, or is fellow Spaniard poised for his first victory against the world’s No.1? American fans cannot afford to miss this great clash as we near the end of another clay-court tournament. Watch Rafael Nadal and Nicolas Almagro online and free of charge by clicking on the ESPN3 link provided above and enjoy the action happening across the pond in España.