Rafael Nadal will play in Barcelona before Roland-Garros

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Rafael Nadal will play at the Barcelona Open in April, the tournament was confirmed on Wednesday, as the Spanish tennis legend prepares for the French Open in Paris.

Nadal will be looking to win his 13th title on Barcelona’s clay courts after first lifting the trophy in 2005.

Tournament director David Ferrer said: “Having Rafa at Barcelona is very exciting for the tournament and the expectation will be high to see how far he can go.”

Nadal had a sensational start to the year after winning the Australian Open in January after two sets to beat Daniil Medvedev.

It was the 35-year-old’s 21st Grand Slam title and he overtook Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time list of great men’s champions.

Nadal also won the Mexican Open final last weekend after beating new world number one Medvedev in the semis.

The Barcelona Open begins on April 16, just over a month before the French Open begins in May.

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Nadal will be looking to claim a record 14th title at Roland Garros after losing to Djokovic in the semi-finals last year.

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