A month before Roland-Garros, Rafael Nadal was still there: third place ended Stefanos Tsitsipas’ nine consecutive To win, he defeated him in Barcelona 6-4, 6-7 (8/6), 7 finals. -5, won for the twelfth time on Catalan clay court.
“For me, playing in the finals and winning here means a lot to me. “I have been improving myself all week. This trophy represents a lot.” Malokan, who had to beat in the previous rounds Responds, especially in the quarterfinals against Japan’s Kei Nishikori, he also handed over a set of championship trophies.
Nadal has accumulated records: he has 12 victories in Barcelona, far ahead of Romanian Ilie Nastase (4 victories) and three titles in the trio: Australian Roy Emerson, Spaniard Manuel Orantes and Swede Mats Wilander.
The Spaniard also consolidated his position as the record holder in dirt games, beating Argentina’s Guillermo Vilas with 61 titles and winning 49 games.
The Spaniard added: “This is a daily job, to accept challenges, sometimes even when you are underperforming and you have to struggle every day and find solutions to stay humble.” The Spaniard will still become Roland Garros (Roland- Garros’s favorite (May 30, June 13), he has won 13 championships and will celebrate his 35th birthday here.
Faced with the most suitable Tsitsipas, he won with Russian player Andrey Rublev in the Monaco rock competition last Sunday. Nadal used it alternately at the beginning of the game. The good and bad cards were broken at the beginning of the game. In the second. But every time, as a pure land worker, and never let go of anything, the Mallorcans returned.
This is a rematch for the Zizipas, who had a poor performance in the final in Barcelona and already played against Nadal in 2018, while the Greeks have not yet made the top 100.
Seeming to have the upper hand in the first set, he saw Nadal win the set 6-4 after the 59th minute. The second set seemed to be a transcript of the first set, but the Tsitsipas tightened the game and saved the two first match points that Nadal had obtained in this round and won in the decisive game (8/6) , And won the third round.
In the new epic third act and at the end of the game at 3:38, Nadal, although he is almost 35 years old, is still the strongest in the world.