Nadal Clinches Barcelona Title For The Eleventh Time
Nadal Clinches Barcelona Title For The Eleventh Time: The 16 time Grand Slam title winner, Rafael Nadal won his 11th Barcelona title when he defeated Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-1, reinforcing his position as the overwhelming favorite to lift an 11th French Open.
It was Nadal’s 55th career clay-court title while he also extended his winning streak on the surface to 46 consecutive sets.
Nadal last week won his 11th Monte Carlo Masters also without dropping a set. He has now has 77 titles overall while his career clay-court match record stands at 401 wins against just 35 defeats.
While sharing his excitement Nadal said that “It’s very difficult to describe how to win 11 titles at one tournament. To win 11 Monte-Carlos and 11 Barcelona is something I could not imagine doing. I’m just enjoying every week and the fact I’m playing in a tournament that I enjoy so much means a lot to me”.
His win on Sunday was greeted by ticker-tape and a video review of all his titles on the center court in Barcelona which now bears his name.
“Thanks to everyone for making the tournament so special and thanks to my family who have been with me even when things have not been so smooth” he further added in his statement.
Nadal is now level with John McEnroe on 77 career titles with only Jimmy Connors (109), Roger Federer (97) and Ivan Lendl (94) ahead of him.
Nadal needed just 77 minutes to claim victory on Sunday. After racing through the opening set, he was quickly 3-0 up in the second before Tsitsipas carved out a degree of hope in the 4th game when he had two break points.
They were quickly saved by Nadal who then claimed the title on a third match point in the seventh game when the teenager dumped a one-handed backhand into the net.
Now Nadal is more than likely to be lifting an 11th “Coupe des Mousquetaires” at Roland Garros in Paris on June 10th.
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