Prime seed Rafael Nadal prolonged his file variety of Barcelona titles to 12 as he dismissed a gradual begin and shaky end of the second set to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-7 on Sunday. It was Rafa’s second victory in opposition to Tsitsipas within the Barcelona Open ultimate.
Our champ now has 87 titles total whereas his profession clay-court match file stands at 448 wins in opposition to simply 41 defeats.
The victory, which took three hours 38 minutes, gave Rafa his 61st clay-court title and got here in opposition to an in-form opponent who had gained his maiden Masters crown in Monte Carlo final week.
“Profitable the trophy right here means so much,” mentioned Rafa who had solely misplaced one set in 11 earlier finals within the Spanish metropolis.
“I’ve been growing my stage and this was an vital victory for me.”
4 years in the past, the centre courtroom was renamed within the Spaniard’s honour as ‘Pista Rafa Nadal. No participant has gained an ATP 500-level match on extra events.