Win the 10th Monte Carlo trophy ✅
Win the 10th Barcelona trophy ✅
Get the centre court named after yourself ✅
Win consecutive 19 sets on clay ✅
Break some records ✅
Well that is Rafael Nadal’s past one week! He defended his Barcelona title very beautifully, as he won the title for the 10th time, defeating the seed number 4, Dominic Thiem in the final, in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. He has now won 20/21 of his previous sets played on the European clay season so far, this year.
The Austrian gave the Spaniard a hard competition to face in the first set. He tried to break Nadal’s serve from the first game itself, and in turn, Nadal tried to break him in the 6th game of the match, playing 2 deuces and then losing the game, as he failed to convert the break points, twice, in the same game. Thiem served 3 aces to Nadal’s one in the first set. With a clean game of fierce forehands, Thiem seemed very promising for clay, and that too against the King of Clay. He got broken in the his 5th service game, just the opportunity the 9-time champion was looking for. It gave an upper-head to Nadal to take the lead by his approaching service game. In 51 minutes, Nadal had the first set in his bag.
In the second set, Thiem struggled to take even one game on his serve, which he won after playing 2 deuces. Hence forth, Nadal left no chances to break him back further. He won 100% service games and 66% of Thiem’s; and converted 2/5 break points, 3/8 overall. Nadal’s now won 29 singles titles in just 3 events. Some great players who won fewer than 29 total: Kafelnikov, Gerulaitis, Noah, Ivanisevic.
“I’m very satisfied. It’s been an emotional day for me. Playing in front of my crowd and my club and winning a 10th title here is something that’s impossible to even dream of. It’s very special and unique,” said Nadal. “I played my best match of the tournament this afternoon against probably the toughest opponent in the tournament, so I’m very happy.”
“It’s a dream start on clay,” said Rafael Nadal, after winning at Monaco and Barcelona, back to back. A double, which he has achieved 9 times before. It was his 106th career final (59th on clay). He now has a 71-35 win-loss record in title matches.