Nadal in Barcelona, Sharapova in Stuttgart: Previews
Notes: Eight-time winner Rafael Nadal heads the field, and after a bye likely starts against Davydenko...(14) Marcel Granollers after a bye likely starts against The Worm...Wildcards went to Argentine Facundo Arguelleo, and Spaniards Roberto Carballes Baena, Inigo Cervantes, Daniel Gimeno-Traver...Withdrawing from the event were Pablo Andujar, Federico Delbonis, Richard Gasquet, Ivo Karlovic and Juan Monaco...David Ferrer is 0-4 in Barcelona finals...Fabio Fognini has never won a match in Barcelona (0-4)...Nadal beat Almagro in last year's all-Spanish final...The two-time champ Bryan brothers are the top seeds in the doubles...Former singles champs in the field are Nadal (2013-11,'09-05), Robredo (2004), and Verdasco (2010).
Cornet, Garcia, G-Lo, Hot Sauce Win WTA/ATP Titles
It was the fourth career title on clay for Verdasco, who improved to 6-13 in career finals. Almagro extended a losing streak in finals of his own, dropping his fourth straight final and falling to 12-9 career in finals. He repeated his runner-up effort of 2013 when he lost to John Isner in the Houston final.