Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the Barcelona Open
Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the Barcelona Open Alejandro Garcia

Nadal dominates again on Barcelona clay

WORLD No.1 Rafael Nadal has won his 11th Barcelona Open, beating 19-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2 6-1.

Nadal had not lost a single set on his way to the final but neither had his opponent, the second youngest player in the ATP top 100.

Tsitsipas held his serve to love in the first game. Rain then interrupted Nadal's first service game.

But Nadal stayed focused and as the sun came out he soon got into his stride. He broke Tsitsipas in the third game and again in the fifth to go 4-1 up.

Tsitsipas won his next service game but Nadal then prevailed to take the first set in just 40 minutes.

Nadal threatened to break Tsitsipas to love at the start of the second set. His rival saved two match points before succumbing to the third.

The reigning champion then won his first service game of the second set to love with a superb forehand drive winner on the final point.

Nadal broke Tsitsipas again to go 3-0 up and then saved three break points in the fourth game to go 4-0 ahead.

Tsitsipas finally held his serve but Nadal took the set 6-1 and the match in one hour 17 minutes.

- DPA

News Corp Australia


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