Stefanos Tsitsipas: 'Rafael Nadal gave me a great lesson'

Arnold Nichols
May 2, 2018

Nadal's victory on Sunday brought his number of clay court titles to a staggering 55 and he will now be targeting a record 11th title on the famous Roland garros courts in Paris. I enjoyed the whole week and had great support from the crowd.

The win confirms Nadal's overwhelming favouritism for the French Open which gets underway in three weeks time.

Rafael Nadal celebrated his 11th title at the Barcelona Open by taking a shirtless-plunge into a swimming pool with the tournament's ball boys and girls.

Win or lose on Sunday, Tsitsipas will become the first Greek player to break into the world top 50 when the latest men's rankings are released on Monday.

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Rafael Nadal has continued his clay court dominance, claiming a staggering 11 Barcelona Open title with a straight sets win in the final. The title is his 11th career singles title in Barcelona.

"I didn't feel any pressure playing in the same final... but I felt different against him (Nadal)". Besides Nadal, Kei Nishikori won back to back titles at the event previously.

A typically aggressive Nadal ramped up the pressure with an onslaught of powerful groundstrokes and broke to love for a second time for a 4-1 lead when a toiling Tsitsipas drilled a forehand wide.

Nadal's 77th title tied him with John McEnroe, trailing only Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Ivan Lendl. Yet to drop a set this week, Tsitsipas served five aces and won 78 percent of first serves to see off his Spanish rival in one hour 35 minutes. "Not in my best dreams would I have imagined such a record". "It was a first experience and tougher than I thought". You need to be patient and do everything right, but I was in a rush and a mess in my head. "But we really do need one or two guys, whether it's Del Potro or Thiem or somebody to step up and say "I can do this, I'm ready to compete with him" and raise their game, because the game needs it".

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