Rafa Nadal to meet Dutra Silva on his own Barcelona court
Resurgent Spanish great Rafael Nadal will have the rare privilege of playing on a court named after him when he meets Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva in the last 32 of the Barcelona Open on Wednesday.
Dutra Silva comfortably beat Argentina's Renzo Olivo 6-1 6-1 on Tuesday to set up a clash with the Spanish great on the Rafael Nadal Court, the centre court at the Real Club de Tenis which was renamed in his honour last week.
The 14-time grand slam champion Nadal is the main attraction at the tournament, fresh from winning the Monte Carlo Masters for a record 10th time on Sunday.
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Murray spent two years training at the Academia Sanchez-Casal in Barcelona, where he too has a court named after him. The Scot accepted a late wildcard for the tournament after being eliminated in the third round at Monte Carlo.
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Austria's Dominic Thiem beat British number two Kyle Edmund 6-1 6-4 on Tuesday to make it into the last 16 and on Thursday will meet another Briton Dan Evans, who beat Germany's Mischa Zverev 6-4 6-4. (Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Ian Chadband)