While Novak Djokovic may be playing at home in the Serbia Open this week, it is not the main event on the ATP calendar this week. The world number one leads the field in Belgrade, but the stronger field is in Spain for the Barcelona Open, an ATP 500 event.
In last year’s final, Rafael Nadal won his record 12th Barcelona Open title in a three-set thriller against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
However, Nadal, who also won the event from 2005-09, 2011-13, and 2016-18, will not take part in this week’s action as he continues his recovery from a rib injury.
With Djokovic in Belgrade, Daniil Medvedev and Nadal out injured, and Alexander Zverev taking the week off, Tsitsipas is the top seed in Barcelona after winning the Monte-Carlo Masters on Sunday.
But the top seed is not the favorite. Instead, that would be young Spanish phenom Carlos Alcaraz, who is seeded fifth as he looks to grab his third tournament title in 2022 with his 19th birthday still over two weeks away.
ATP Barcelona 2022 Tournament Information, Betting Odds & Draw
- Tournament: 2022 ATP Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (ATP 500 event)
- Venue & Location: Real Club de Tenis Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
- Dates: Monday, April 18 to Sunday, April 24
- Tournament Surface: Clay
- Defending Champion: Rafael Nadal (absent due to rib injury)
2022 ATP Barcelona Open Betting Odds (Odds to Win the Tournament)
Odds are via FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Carlos Alcaraz +260
- Stefanos Tsitsipas +330 (ATP Barcelona finalist in 2018 and 2021)
- Casper Ruud +440
- Diego Schwartzman +1400
- Pablo Carreno Busta +1800
- Cameron Norrie +2100
- Alberto Ramos Vinolas +3000
- Felix Auger-Aliassime +3800
- Grigor Dimitrov +3800
- Emil Ruusuvuori +4600
- Alex de Minaur +4800
- Lorenzo Sonego +4800
- Lorenzo Musetti +4800
- Federico Coria +5500
- Jaume Munar +5500
- Mackenzie McDonald +5500
- Federico Delbonis +7000
- Pablo Andujar +7000 (2013 ATP Barcelona finalist)
- Nikoloz Basilashvili +7000
- Roberto Carballes Baena +7000
- Frances Tiafoe +7000
- Brandon Nakashima +7000
- Marton Fucsovics +7000
- Pedro Martinez +7000
- Dan Evans +7000
- Carlos Taberner +8500
- Alexander Bublik +8500
2022 ATP Barcelona Open Men’s Singles Draw
- 1. Stefanos Tsitsipas
- 2. Casper Ruud
- 3. Felix Auger-Aliassime
- 4. Cameron Norrie
- 5. Carlos Alcaraz
- 6. Diego Schwartzman
- 7. Roberto Bautista Agut (withdrew)
- 8. Pablo Carreno Busta
- 9. Nikoloz Basilashvili
- 10. Alex de Minaur
- 11. Lorenzo Sonego
- 12. Dan Evans
- 13. Frances Tiafoe
- 14. Grigor Dimitrov
- 15. Federico Delbonis
- 16. Alexander Bublik
- 17. Alberto Ramos Vinolas
Tsitsipas Seeks to Keep Building Momentum for Roland Garros Run
Last year, Tsitsipas had the best clay court season of his ATP career. He won the Monte-Carlo Masters, reached the final of the Barcelona Open, won the Lyon Open (an ATP 250 event), and reached the final of the French Open.
He’s off to a perfect start on clay this year, as he repeated at Monte-Carlo with a straight-sets win over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in Sunday’s final. This week, he will look to finally win this tournament after losing to Nadal in the final in 2018 and 2021.
Nadal may not be in his way this week, but he will have a difficult road to the final.
Potential Opponents for Stefanos Tsitsipas in Barcelona
- Second Round: Ilya Ivashka or Pedro Martinez
- Third Round: #14 Grigor Dimitrov
- Quarter-Final: #5 Carlos Alcaraz
- Semis: #4 Cameron Norrie
- Final: #2 Casper Ruud
In the third round, he could face Dimitrov, who reached the Monte-Carlo semis and is a seeded player this week.
If he gets past that match, he could face Alcaraz, who is seeking his second clay title of the year after winning the ATP 500 Rio Open in Brazil in February. Alcaraz, who won the Miami Masters earlier this month, fell in the second round to Seb Korda last week. But that hasn’t stopped him from beating out Tsitsipas as the favorite this week.
Another great week for Tsitsipas would be big, even if his French Open odds (still +700 to win the title despite his Monte-Carlo Masters win) continue to stay the same. Taking great form into May’s two ATP 1000 events in Madrid and Rome and then the French Open will set him up well to make another run at Roland Garros.
With question marks surrounding the other Roland Garros favorites–Djokovic has played little in 2022, Nadal and Medvedev are facing a race against time to be fit for the tournament, Dominic Thiem is just coming back from a long layoff, Alexander Zverev is Alexander Zverev, and Alcaraz is still a relative newcomer on the scene–a first Grand Slam singles title could be in the cards for Tsitsipas, who lost a heartbreaker to Djokovic in last year’s French Open final.
ATP Barcelona 2022 Predictions and Picks
Best Pick (Tournament Winner): Tsitsipas (+330 to win the tournament)
Alcaraz is the next big thing, and I like him to bounce back from last week’s early exit to at least reach the quarters in Barcelona.
But when Tsitsipas is playing well, he is as tough to beat as anyone on tour. In his 6-4, 6-2 win over Zverev in the Monte-Carlo semis, he broke Zverev’s serve five times in nine games and finished off the world number three in only 75 minutes.
Tsitsipas is certainly prone to making things more difficult than they should be, as he did in his quarterfinal win over Schwartzman and in the second set of the final against Davidovich Fokina.
But it is highly encouraging for his chances this week and beyond that he dealt well with tough situations he found himself in last week, because such intangibles, not his ability, are why he has a losing record in finals in his ATP career and has yet to make his Grand Slam breakthrough.
Best Value Pick: Pablo Carreno Busta (+1800 to win the tournament)
Things are pretty wide open in Carreno Busta’s half of the draw, and he could make the most of that. Carreno Busta, who resides in Barcelona, has had some success at this tournament. Last year, he made the semis, where he lost to Nadal in straight sets.
In his run to the semis last year, he beat Schwartzman in the quarters, and that is who he could face in the semis if he gets through a navigable quarter that includes #2 seed Ruud.
Carreno Busta hasn’t had a lot of success against the best of the best on the ATP Tour, but he wouldn’t face someone who’s already at that level–Alcaraz will be, and he will be sooner rather than later–unless he meets Tsitsipas in the final.
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