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Rafael Nadal cools off after Barcelona Open win

02 May 2018, 01:19 | Susie Olson

Rafael Nadal Beats Stefanos Tsitsipas to Win 2018 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

Stefanos Tsitsipas reveals tactics to upset Rafael Nadal

Nadal's victory on Sunday brought his number of clay court titles to a staggering 55 and he will now be targeting a record 11th title on the famous Roland garros courts in Paris.

It was the 31-year-old's 19th successive win on clay and he has now won 46 consecutive sets on the surface. He hasn't lost on the surface since facing Dominic Thiem in Rome past year.

Nadal got revenge for his defeat to Klizan at the 2014 Beijing Open quarterfinals, earning his third career win over the Slovak in their fourth encounter. He hasn't lost on clay since facing Dominic Thiem in Rome past year.

Tsitsipas did manage to pull one game back but simply had no answer for Nadal's power and pace, as the defending champion took the first set 6-2. 'I'm very happy to have achieved the 11th title here, it means a lot for me.

"I didn't feel any pressure playing in the same final... but I felt different against him (Nadal)".

Nadal's 77th title tied him with John McEnroe, trailing only Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Ivan Lendl.


By making light work of David Goffin in the semi-final, Nadal had notched up his 400th title win on clay Saturday, April 28. "I know Andreas very well because we are friends, I have practiced with him for so many years".

Nadal, wearing just shorts and socks sprinted and jumped into the pool alongside the delighted ball kids.

The Spaniard though humbly acknowledged how hard the ride had been and how excited he was by the achievement saying, "I'm very happy for the victory against a very hard opponent". He has won a record 54 titles on dirt. He was the first Greek to make it to an ATP final since Nicholas Kalogeropoulos in 1973.

Though the 19-year-old couldn't mount a serious challenge to the king of clay, he enjoyed a remarkable week of his own in Barcelona. "It was a first experience and tougher than I thought". He was also the youngest Barcelona finalist since Nadal in 2005.

Tsitsipas committed 23 unforced errors in the 77-minute loss on the Pista Rafa Nadal main show court, with short rain disturbance.

The Greek is expected to move to 44th in the rankings after his performance in Barcelona.



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