Rafael Nadal has confirmed he will again play in the Barcelona Open next year as he looks to win the tournament for the 11th time.

Nadal to defend Barcelona title

Nadal to defend Barcelona title

The World number one will take part in the event in Catalonia between April 21-29 and, as has become customary, the Spaniard is the first player to officially confirm his appearance.

In a statement announcing his participation, Nadal said: "The Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell is a very important tournament in my calendar and I could always play it since I became professional.

"Last year it was special to win my 10th title there."

The Barcelona Centre Court was named after Nadal this year to mark his dominance of an event he first won back in 2005.

The 31-year-old has enjoyed a superb 2017, becoming the oldest player to finish as year-end top dog, although he was forced to pull out of the recent ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 after just one match when, following defeat to David Goffin, he admitted he was struggling with a knee injury.