Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts during the final tennis match against France's Gael Monfils at the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament in Monaco on April 17, 2016. AFP PHOTO / JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET
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Resurgent Nadal eyes Vilas recordFresh from claiming his first title in nearly two years at the Monte Carlo Masters, Rafael Nadal can tie Guillermo Vilas' record of 49 clay court titles on home soil at the Barcelona Open this week.Nadal, a serial winner in the Catalan capital having won the title eight times, slumped to shock defeats in each of the past two years to Nicolas Almagro and Fabio Fognini.Nishikori appears to have an far much easier route to the final than Nadal as he starts against either Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker or Sweden's Eliam Ymer with the fourth top 10 player in the field Richard Gasquet potentially awaiting in the semifinals.
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