In April 2018, Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas met in the final of the ATP 500 Championship in Barcelona. At that time, the young Greek didn’t have much to say, and only scored three games. This year’s game looks more even, and it is true.
In the first set, the Greek led 3-1, which could increase his advantage, but he did not take advantage of the breakthrough twice. The Spaniard took full advantage of this advantage. Although the next gem was once again the gem of Tsitsipas, Nadal dominated the rest of the game and eventually won the championship 6-4.
The tiebreaker is the decisive factor in the second set. Before, it was a real blow exchange-no tennis player jumped out of his opponent for at least two matches. In the decisive part, the Greek performed even better, and the second set ended with his 7-6 victory.
The third set is equally exciting. Tsitsipas (Tsitsipas) almost always managed to play to the advantage of a game. However, at a critical moment, Rafael Nadal’s experience made him feel at home. The Spaniard first gained a 6:5 lead, then managed to defend the result and achieved a 7:5 victory.
This is Rafael Nadal’s 12th championship in a Barcelona court. Earlier, he won the championships in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. In the main series, he has won 87 titles, and this is his first victory of the season.
In terms of winning titles, Rafael Nadal is currently ranked fourth in history. Only Jimmy Conners (109), Roger Federer (103) and Ivan Lendl (94) lead him. However, the Spaniard is breaking another record, which will be difficult to break. Winning in Barcelona means that this is his 18th consecutive season to win at least one title. Interestingly, Nadal’s parade to achieve this achievement started in Sopot and won with Jose Acasuso on the brick wall on August 14, 2004. .