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Rafael Nadal Out Of Atp Barcelona

Nadal has pulled out of ATP Barcelona – look for Robin Soderling to be the new favorite.

It never fails to annoy me.  I spend an hour and a half writing an article with my tennis betting tips and meanwhile one of the players central to the article withdraws from the targeted tournament.

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the ATP Barcelona tournament indicating that he needs rest and to be perfectly honest you have to ask one simple question: why?

Most would reply that he needs rest because of fatigue or body problems associated with his result from the Monte Carlo Masters event however Nadal cruised through that event without losing a set and there were numerous sets where Nadal never even lost more than 1 game.

It’s not like he was playing 3 hour matches with multiple tiebreakers so if Monte Carlo was too fatiguing you have to wonder if Nadal has the strength of body to get past the semis of Roland Garros before needing a vacation.  Also, unlike Monte Carlo, Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro will be expected to be in the French Open draw and they won’t be so lenient with an allegedly fatigued opponent as Fernando Verdasco apparently was (l. to Nadal 0-6, 1-6).

Robin Soderling will be the new favorite for the ATP Barcelona tournament when sportsbooks get around to updating their odds but he’s no winner when it comes to titles as he runs out of steam in the quarters or semis quite often.  He’ll be fortunate to survive Juan Carlos Ferrero should they meet and if there is one good thing about Nadal withdrawing, at least my tips for ATP Barcelona for Soderling and Ferrero from more than 24 hours ago look a lot smarter now (Soderling was +1400, Ferrero +1600; Stan James).

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Ian goes back to the very early days of CrunchSports, having been tirelessly covering soccer for us for over 10 years.

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