Rafa Nadal wins 11th Barcelona Open title

Rafa Nadal wins 11th Barcelona Open title

World number one Rafa Nadal made light work of teenage sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to win his 11th Barcelona Open title on Sunday.

Nadal beat his Greek opponent 6-2 6-1 in one hour and 18 minutes to continue his dominance on clay. His win follows last weekend’s 11th Monte Carlo Masters title.

The 16 grand slam champion has won 19 successive matches, 46 consecutive sets on clay and 401st career clay-court overall.

Nadal also secured his 55th title on clay and 77th overall ahead of next month’s French Open.

The 19 year old Tsitsipas became the first Greek player to reach an ATP Tour Final since 1973 in Barcelona. Tsitsipas reached the final without dropping a set, knocking out world number seven Dominic Thiem in the quarter final and 11th-ranked Pablo Carreno Busta in the semi-final to reach his first ATP final.

Despite Sunday’s defeat, Tsitsipas is set to become the first Greek player to break into the world’s top 50 when the men’s rankings are updated on Monday.

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