Joaquin Heredia, Sports, The Pawprint
Yesterday, Spaniard Rafael Nadal collected his record 12th Barcelona Title by saving match points against 22 year old Stefanos Tsitsipas. The match lasted 3 hours and 38 minutes, and went the way of the Spaniard 6-4, 6-7, 7-5.
The match was a rollercoaster. The Greek went up 4-2 in the first set, and was playing extremely high quality tennis. Just last week Tsitsipas won the Monte Carlo Masters, and had been undefeated on clay. While Nadal had noticeably not been in top form during this clay court season as of yet. So, it looked like the 22 year old just might be able to upset the number one seed. Of course Nadal turned the tide of the match and remained undefeated in Barcelona Finals.
While 12 titles at one venue seems impressive, Barcelona only marks Nadal’s second most won tournament, only behind the French Open where Rafa has won 13 times. A much more impressive feat, as Roland However this win in Spain bumps Rafa up back to World Number 2, surpassing Medvedev who has been out due to testing positive to Covid 19.
Rafael’s win here will be a major confidence booster for this year’s French Open, which will be played May 24th – June 13th.