Clay Master Nadal Wins 12th Barcelona Open Title

Canada beat Australia in the final of the Davis Cup in Malaga to win the event for the first time in their history. They got off to a strong start as Denis Shapovalov beat Thanasi Kokkinakis in straight sets 6-2 6-4.

20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal needed every ounce of his clay court magic to overcome Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the Barcelona Open. It was a great contest with high quality tennis from both players. Nadal was trailing 4-2 in the opening set before battling back to win the opener 6-4. Tsitsipas then won a second set tie braker to level the match before the 34 year old Spaniard secured a thrilling deciding set after being forced to save championship point. It was the longest ATP Tour match of 2021 with Top seed Nadal winning 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 7-5.

After the match Nadal said, “It is an important victory for me. I think I have been increasing my level during the whole week and this victory confirms it. That’s important for today. To have the trophy with me here at home means a lot, but at the same time for the future.”

The victory was Nadal’s 87th ATP Tour title and his 61st on clay – extending his incredible unrivalled record on the surface. It will be a welcome confidence boost for the World No 2 with Grand Slams in Paris & Wimbledon coming up in the next couple of months.

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