After his deep run in Monte Carlo, Stefanos Tsitsipas will be put to the test very quickly next week at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, where he reached the championship game in 2021.
The top-seeded Greek could face Monte Carlo semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov in the third round, while fifth-seeded Carlos Alcaraz lurks as a potential quarter-final opponent. Alcaraz could face ninth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in a third-round battle if both men win their first matches.
The 18-year-old Spaniard is set to compete on home soil for the first time since losing to Rafael Nadal in Madrid last May. The world No. 11 holds an 18-3 record on the 2022 ATP Tour season, including titles in Miami and Rio de Janeiro. He will enter Barcelona third in the ATP Race To Turin, behind only Nadal and Tsitsipas.
Casper Ruud and Felix Auger-Aliassime lead the bottom half of the draw, with the Canadian in line to meet Frances Tiafoe in the third round rematch of their 2021 US Open encounter. Ruud’s first potential opponent is Alexander Bublik.
Hosts Spain have three seeds with Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta joining Alcaraz. In the top half, the RBA seventh seed could face Alex de Minaur in the third round. The eighth-seeded PCB could open against compatriot Tommy Robredo – should the wild card beat his first-round qualifier – with Italian Lorenzo Sonego his possible third-round opponent. Carreno Busta reached the Barcelona semi-finals a year ago, losing to eventual champion Nadal.
Qualifying in Barcelona begins on Sunday, with a main draw match scheduled for Monday.