tiptrot.com May 26, 2018

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.

Other News


Trending Now

What Are Analysts Report About Intel Corporation
Ontario - Canada-based Cibc Asset Mgmt has invested 0.17% in Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ). 340,654 were accumulated by 10. Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas Capital Inc accumulated 121,062 shares. 165,005 are held by First Midwest Bancorp Tru Division.

White House comments on Jackson hearing postponement
It seeks any communication between the Pentagon and the White House regarding "allegations or incidents" involving him. The 50-year-old Navy rear admiral now heads a staff of 70 at the White House, the largest team he has ever managed.

Showdown Looms as Migrant Caravans Swell at Mexico Border
Several hundred immigrants, mostly women and children, are staying in temporary tents set up for them in a Tijuana shelter. Honduran Angel Caceres dipped a tortilla into a plate of refried beans and rice, his first meal in two days.

Wisconsin city evacuated after Husky Energy refinery fire
The EPA said it eventually shifted resources in the evening to monitor the community. The city of about 27,000 people lifted the evacuation order as of 6 a.m. local time.

Running Wild With the Pirates: Tigers 13 Pirates 10
Nova, who forced 13 groundball outs, allowed just six hits, no walks and struck out five in his longest outing since last May. Osuna, recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis, hit a three-run homer in the second and singled and scored in the seventh.

Dallas police officer dies, 1 critically injured after shooting outside Home Depot
The incident began Tuesday afternoon when an off-duty officer at the Home Depot called to request backup officers for an arrest. After an hourslong manhunt, Dallas police announced that a suspect had been been arrested after a high-speed chase.

New UK interior minister vows to resolve immigration scandal
James Brokenshire has become the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, replacing Javid. May - under whose Home Office tenure the "hostile environment" policy was introduced - over the Windrush row.

Saudi Arabia's first cinema in 35 years opens with Black Panther screening
Most of the planned reforms also have a practical goal like revamping Saudi Arabia's economy in the face of lower oil prices. Saudi Arabia's powerful conservative clerics claimed Western movies did not meet their hard-line interpretations of Islam.

European Central Bank keeps policy unchanged; Draghi seen taking confident tone
This suggests the euro zone's economic downturn was more severe than earlier thought and makes the recovery even more protracted. The currency is up 1.5 per cent against the dollar this year and just 0.3 per cent higher on a trade-weighted basis.

Judge tosses Manafort civil suit challenging special counsel
In dismissing Manafort's lawsuit, Jackson did not address the substance of Manafort's arguments about Mueller's authority. She added that if Manafort's concerns would be more appropriately brought in a criminal case.