Nadal beats Stefanos Tsitsipas for 12th Barcelona title
Rafael Nadal won the Barcelona Open for the 12th time, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 in the final of the 68th edition of the Banco Sabadell Barcelona Open, popularly known as the Conde de Godo Trophy.
Nadal had knocked Ilya Ivashka, Kei Nishikori, Cameron Norrie, and Pablo Carreno Busta on his way to the final playing on his favoured clay surface.
The Mallorcan-born player had two match points in the second set, which he eventually lost in a tie-break. Despite the setback, Nadal won the title after an exciting third set, repeating his 2018 triumph against Tsitsipas.
While addressing a post-match press conference, Nadal said the satisfaction of winning the Conde de Godo had not dimmed after all the years of his long career.
“The title means a lot more to me, playing it with an audience after the years,” commented Nadal.
“Stefanos is an incredible opponent, the number 1 of the year, and I knew how hard the final was going to be. It has everything, and it is a very important victory for me,” he added.
The title is the 87th of his career and the first since he won the French Open (Roland Garros). His 12 Barcelona victories are second only to his 13 Roland Garros trophies.
(Edited by Ridhika Joshi)
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