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Rafael Nadal explains WORST thing about winning Barcelona Open against Stefanos Tsitsipas | Tennis | Sport

Rafael Nadal explains WORST thing about winning Barcelona Open against Stefanos Tsitsipas | Tennis | Sport 952837 1


Nadal, 31, retained his world No 1 crown by claiming the Catalonia event for a record 11th time.

The Spaniard was in devastating form as he brutally dispatched 19-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-1.

Nadal was always in control of the clash as he cruised to victory while also extending his Open Era record of consecutive sets won on clay to 46.

“The only bad thing is that I get old,” Nadal said after lifting aloft the trophy.

“It’s exciting for me.

“Not in my best dreams I would have imagined such a record.”

Nadal also moved to hail his opponent, who also had not dropped a set leading up to the final.

But in the end, Nadal was a step too far for the world No 63.

“First of all I would like to say thank you to Stefan,” Nadal added.

“You had an amazing tournament.

“I think you have a fantastic future and I wish you all the best. You are going to have great success in this sport.”

Nadal will return to action at the Madrid Masters next week.

The Spaniard knows that he must defend his Madrid title to keep hold of his world No 1 ranking.


Source : EXPRESS

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