The R16 is on in Barcelona today, and the seeded players have performed as 10-6. The seed number 2, Novak Djokovic withdrew from the tournament, which let Benoit Paire, the number 17 seed, get a bye in the R64.
The seeds who knocked out are, seed number 9 Richard Gasquet, number 11 Pablo Cuevas, 12 Philipp Kohlschreiber, 13 David Ferrer, 14 Mischa Zverev, 15 Joao Sousa, who all lost in straight sets, except Richard Gasquet.
The seed number 1, Andy Murray, got a walkover in the R32, as the Australian, Bernard Tomic, withdrew due to a back injury. He had knocked out Dustin Brown in the opening round, in 3 sets. Rafael Nadal played on the court named after him for the first time, which is the Pista Rafa Nadal Court in Barcelona. He defeated Rogerio Dutra Silva in straight sets, enjoying an early break in both the sets.
Highlight of the day was the Spanish player, Albert Montanes, who lost to his fellow compatriot, Feliciano Lopez, and called it a career. In his 18 years’ professional career, he won 6 titles, and was a part of former Top 25. He has 255 match victories to his name, which include 212 on clay. He lost the match, 6-2, 6-2.
The 6 unseeded players will face a seeded player each in the R16 now. Out of the 11 Spanish players, who were a part of the fixture in the opening (R64) round, only 5 of them are left in the competition, who all are seeded, and those amongst who have been knocked out, only David Ferrer was a seeded one, who got knocked out in the R32, in straight sets, by Kevin Anderson, who will next face Rafael Nadal.
The matches for R16 will be as follows:
Yuichi Sugita vs (7) Pablo Carreno Busta
(4) Dominic Thiem vs Daniel Evans
Kevin Anderson vs (3) Rafael Nadal
(8) Alexander Zverev vs Hyeon Chung
(1) Andy Murray vs (16) Feliciano Lopez
(10) Albert Ramos Vinolas vs (6) Roberto Bautista Agut
(5) David Goffin vs Karen Khachanov
Horacio Zeballos vs (17) Benoit Paire