Rafa Nadal wins his tenth Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
It was already history. It was already the biggest of the tournament. He was already the best of all time on clay. He was already a planetary player. But now he is all that and more. Much more. He is the best tennis player, the invincible on a court that is named after him and in which he has crossed all imaginable barriers.
Nadal won his tenth crown at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell this afternoon and he has done it his way, in two sets and with a repertoire of shots that overpowered his opponent, none other than Dominic Thiem, number 9 in the world. The Austrian yesterday beat Andy Murray with a great exhibition of his talent. Today´s 6-4, 6-4 in minutes made it clear for the young Austrian, the superiority of the Manacorí ...
In modern sport there are several amazing feats that almost no one has surpassed. One of them is, undoubtedly, to beat Nadal in a final on his court, the Real Club Tennis Barcelona. No one has achieved it to date and among the contenders were David Ferrer, Kei Nishikori, Nico Almagro, Guillermo Cañas and now Thiem, who one day will most likely be one of the best in the world, but today he only had a break point, in the first set, which he failed to convert.
Interesting facts from Nadal at this tournament: five matches in two sets and only three break points, all saved. In his record, along with the 10 titles, 22 sets won from 23 played in the finals. Awesome.
In the first of the two sets equality lasted until the last game, the tenth, when Nadal broke in his first opportunity. The set lasted 50', slightly more than usual for the Spanish tennis player in sets that have not gone to a tie-break. With only a few break points for both (Nadal had two in the sixth game), equality was broken at the end and more because of Thiem unforced errors than for winners from nine-time tournament champion.
Just at the start of the second set, a Nadal held his serve and then had to breaks points which he did not convert. But the message of the champion came right away, and his opponent begun to stagger. And he did it with such superiority taking a 3-1 lead, then 4-1 moving Nadal closer to his 10th title.
The end of the match was amazing, and there was nothing that the Thiem could do to stop the power of the Majorcan, who closed the set at 6-1 and the match. "Winning in Barcelona again is very important for me and it's a dream tour start," said Rafa after finishing the match. "For me, to reach 10 in Barcelona, in front of the people of my club, was very important" he commented referring to the magic number obtained. "I am very grateful to the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899 and its partners for having named the court after me. It means a lot to me," added a moved Nadal to his public.