Rafael Nadal on course for his 10th Barcelona title

Rafael Nadal beat Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-3, 6-4 and he will take on Dominic Thiem in the final of the Barcelona Open on Sunday (30 April).

Dominic Thiem upset top-ranked Andy Murray 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to advance to the final against defending champion Rafael Nadal. Andy Murray’s defeat came a week after he exited the third round in Monte Carlo.

After the loss Murray said “I got three matches in three days against all different players,” Murray said. “Feli (Felicano Lopez) uses a lot of slice and variation, (Albert) Ramos-(Vinolas) yesterday is a lefty and today against Dominic, who plays with the kick serve and so much spin. To play two hours today after three yesterday, will be good for me.”

Thiem is playing his first final in Barcelona. Nadal, a nine-time champion said  “Thiem is a specialist on clay, one of the best in the world,” Nadal said. “It will be a tough match for me, but I am just happy to be back in the final.”


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