Barcelona: For Rafael Nadal, the Barcelona Open is more than merely a warm-up for the French Open.
The top-ranked Spaniard, who skipped the event last year, will collect 500 points if he wins for the sixth time. That would help hold off the challenge of second-ranked Novak Djokovic, who is still more than 3,000 points behind but is 24-0 in 2011 after winning four titles, including the Australian Open.
"Barcelona is not just training for Roland Garros. I can't think about Roland Garros now. I've got to play with more aggressiveness, serve better and finish off points with more authority and forcefulness," Nadal said Monday at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona. "This is the only week I don't have to defend points. You have to think about winning them."