Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal is on course to win a record ninth Barcelona Open titleGetty

Rafael Nadal takes on Kei Nishikori in the men's singles final clash of the Barcelona Open on 24 April (Sunday).

Where to watch live

Match starts at 5.30pm BST. Live coverage in the UK is on Sky Sports 3 and Sky Sports 3 HD. Click here for live streaming link. Live scores and regular updates will be available on ATP's official website.

Overview

Nadal, who looks like he is back to his best, faces his biggest test of the Barcelona Open so far. His 6-3, 6-3 win over Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in the semi-final helped him move into his 101st career final and the second straight one on clay this month. A win here will give the 29-year-old his ninth Barcelona Open title and should he prevail on Sunday, he would earn a record 49th career clay-court crown tying with Guillermo Vilas.

Defending champion Nishikori too is in the best of his form. The 26-year-old beat Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-3 in the semi-final to reach his third straight Barcelona Open final.

Kei Nishikori
Kei Nishikori is the defending Barcelona Open championGetty

The Japanese-born player has now won 13 sets in a row at Barcelona. Based on form, both players have shown that there is no favourite in this clash, making it one of the most awaited encounters in recent times.

Betting odds (betfair)

  • Rafael Nadal to win: 4/11
  • Kei Nishikori to win: 21/10

Head-To-Head

The duo have faced each nine times so far, with Nadal winning on eight occasions. The last time they played each other was in the quarter-final of the Indian Wells Masters in 2016, with the Spaniard winning 6-4, 6-3.

Barcelona Open history

Nadal and Nishikori have never played each other in the Barcelona Open.