Nadal Storms Into Barcelona Final, To Meet Teen Tsitsipas
by Staff | April 28th, 2018, 8:23 pm
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Down an early break in his Barcelona semifinal, Rafael Nadal revved up his game and rolled to an easy win over David Goffin. The 6-4, 6-0 victory was Rafa’s 400th of his career and clay, and improved his win streak on his favorite surface to 18 and upped his incredible set streak to 44.

“Very happy,” Nadal said. “I played I think my best match of the tournament so far, no doubt about that. It was a great first set in my opinion. Both of us played at a very high level.”

Nadal joins countryman Manuel Orantes, Thomas Muster and Guillermo Vilas as the lone players to hit 400 clay wins in the Open Era.

“David started brilliantly,” Nadal added. “I think I played a good first game, but I could not do anything. He served very well. And then was spectacular hitting many lines. After that I could raise a bit the intensity and everything changed. I think it has been my best match here against one of the most dangerous players in the world.”

In the title match – Rafa’s 11th in Barcelona – Nadal will meet first time ATP finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas. The 19-year-old became the first Greek player to make an ATP finals since Nicholas Kalogeropoulos in 1973 (Des Moines) by easing past Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5, 6-4.

“I couldn’t have enjoyed it more, I went onto the court and enjoyed every single moment,” said Tsitsipas. “I am very proud of myself and also I believe I made my country proud.”

The 19-year-old who will try to become Greece’s first ATP champion, has never played Nadal, but looks forward to the challenge.

“I have watched millions of his matches on clay,” said Tsitsipas. “I know the way he is playing and, I think, the way he is going to play against me.

“I was preparing for this match already, ten years. I’m going to go out there, enjoy it and play my best.”

Nadal seeks his 77th career title, 55th on clay and 11th in Barcelona on Sunday.


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93 Comments for Nadal Storms Into Barcelona Final, To Meet Teen Tsitsipas

AndyMira Says:

Rafa in 2,insyaallah!…Maybe will encounter a bump here & there considering he’s never play Tsit before…so,will have trouble in dealing with him at first…but,as usual,Rafa will find a way in the end…Rafa is ‘too big’ to lose to a kid today…Vamos Rafa!!…let’s give a life lesson to Tsit today!!


Czarlazar Says:

Over the course of this year, it will become apparent that Tsitsipas is the class of the “next” generation and will leave most pretenders to the throne behind. Though most are older such as Thiem, Dimitrov, Raonic, etc. He’s got the skills of Zverev but more raw confidence and enjoyment for tennis. Win or lose, this Greek/Russian phenom will make his mark on tennis — reminds me a lot of Djokovic in his 2006 breakout year.


Nitesh Says:

Although Zverev is the best bet among all contenders.He is a good three set player. In grand slam for him is it physical issue or concentration issue?.He need to solve it fast as big two are struggling right now so there is a window right now for a seat in grand slam final.


j-kath Says:

U R Right Andy Mira

But those life lessons hurt and can diminish the spontaneity….alas, it happens to us all.


AndyMira Says:

JK…Yeah!…And i meant it in a good way…Every players need a lesson…especially a young ones..Coz from there,they will use that experience to be a better player next time…Not only a young ones,but seniors also still collecting lessons from time to time…Rafa in 2015,Roger,Andy too..and now Novak…all of them have been beaten badly too before rise & be on top of the world again later on…In case of Novak,i believe he too will do the same sometime in the future…


Margot Says:

Icarus or Apollo, that is the question.


gonzalowski Says:

hehe Margot, nice comparison

I hope Apolo shines enough today, but this Icarus is brave, and smarter than the ancient one I think ;)


chofer Says:

Margot

You’re way too poetic:))

It’s Tsi-Tsi fly vs. The Bull: The League of Titans

I like to eat meat, meat me at the ring and listen to Meat Loaf.


Margot Says:

chofer: there’s a very, very old horror movie called “The Fly.” I can’t possibly call this lovely young Greek by such a horrible name. Ela Icarus!


Margot Says:

Or perhaps he’s Kronos, being the youngest of the next generation and their leader?


j-kath Says:

He’s got flowing locks – Samson….if there is no Delilah in the wings, look out for Humble Rafa in the bushes…


chofer Says:

Margot

That’s better:))

I see this more like a clay court wrestle than a ballet, he.

It’s time the clay cicuit give us the first one, isn’t it?

BTW, it’s drizzling in Barcelona. Yesterday I had say Rafa’s lefty banana Fh could trouble the Greek.

The wet conditions gives back that edge. The bouce isn’t that lively with top spin. But that will affect The Fly, too.

I think Rafa it’s the overwhelming favourite. But… we want blood!:))

Anyway, let’s see if Generation Post-Millenial is the REAL DEAL, he.


chofer Says:

I didn’t like The Fly eneded up on the floor yesterday, after the win.

YOU DON’T DO THAT unless you win Grand Slams.

Sheez, young men. Get your priorities in check:))

Let the celebration for nothing to the club players like me!


chofer Says:

In Argentina ESPN don’t have the rights foe ATP 500s.

But this match is broadcasted live! Ya-hoo!

Maybe they smell something?


chofer Says:

J-kath

LOL!


chofer Says:

Pre-interview: The Fly seems too happy to make the Final. Rafa moving like a Bull on parade, as always.

Guess who’s coming to win?

These youngsters need some attitude.


chofer Says:

The announcer here having problems with the name (insert roll eyes emoji)

It’s SΓ­sipas!!


chofer Says:

Greek’s FH making damage so far. Previsible.


chofer Says:

Oh, it’s raining again! I have that Supertramp song in my head.


chofer Says:

Yes Nadal, deep and wide to the BH. I told you. But they stop! Sheez, I wake up early for this? Stop the rain, Zeus!


chofer Says:

This kid is a natural claycourter and plays ten times more aggressive than Thiem. BH need a lots of work, though.

He’s o-30 now. Let’s see. Break point!


chofer Says:

And breaks at 0! Three UFEs. Is he nervous?


Humble Rafa Says:

The announcer here having problems with the name (insert roll eyes emoji)


I call him sissy pus.


Humble Rafa Says:

Rafa in 2,insyaallah!

Not sure if I need Insyaalah for that.


AndyMira Says:

HR!….Hahaha…U goof balls!…I NEED THAT INSYAALAH!…NOT RAFA!


chofer Says:

HR

Well, that’s pretty mean though accurate.

The thinh is thatv Rafa isn’t leting the kid play with his bFH, And when he does, he fails.mΒ‘ Not much of a match here so far.

How logic, the Sun shows up, Nadal starts playing better.


chofer Says:

Oh, so many typos. Sorry. I knew Rafa’s game could trouble.

Oh, what a smash! Unstoppable Rafa. He’s cozy. If this is going like this, I see a bagel next. I need a coffee with that.


Humble Rafa Says:

With the bagels and breadsticks I am delivering this weekend, these guys survive a week just on them.


Humble Rafa Says:

One next gen mental midget told me “thanks for free 1 hour tennis lesson”. If this is the future of clay court tennis, I am worried.


chofer Says:

The Greeks have no frills.

Announcer says he’s coached by father Apollo (no joking) and supervised by Muratoglu. My fat Greek family.


chofer Says:

HR

Dissapointing, isn’t it?:))


chofer Says:

Don’t tell me that Klizan was the toughr match Nadal will have this week.

The state of clay court tennis in general is worriesome. Rafa hasn’t even sweat so far.


chofer Says:

He’s too good, period.

And Djoker is on boxes and losing wheels. I know understand why he celebrated yesterday. He’s won his mini-tournament.

Bleh.


chofer Says:

There comes a point when Nadal’s opponent seem so lost out there, and Rafa so pumped up, that is like watching a rape. There is no fun on that.

Well, except for Rafans. I want him to win, too. Just not this way.
It’s not his fault, for sure.


Van Persie Says:

Tsitsipas is pretty good. But he will not be an alltime great. None of the actual youngsters will be. Many are expecting to see a next Rafa or a next Fed or a next Djoko. Will not happen very soon.


gonzalowski Says:

It’s SisipΓ‘s, they say.
It’s me or Rafa is playing mind games with the greek?
Or maybe only teaching what a final means


chofer Says:

Delpo, as a teenager won his first four tournaments. Beating Gasquet and Roddick at the time, top 10s back then, pretty easily.

And when he had to face members of the BIG 4, in finals, the matches were contested…

I miss those teenagers. Sigh.

I said a bagel. I had time to make coffee. This going fast.


chofer Says:

Van Persie

Then, we’re in trouble. You don’t get much younger than this unless you dig for juniors.


chofer Says:

No, it’s SΓ­sipas

But it doesn’t matter anymore, lol.


chofer Says:

The crowd ohhhing and aaahing in one point. It was on their script:)


j-kath Says:

Chofer

The phrase is “my big fat Greek family” – just saying as nothing left to say…..sad, really


chofer Says:

j-kath

Thanks. Let’s talk about meals, no?


gonzalowski Says:

Ok chofer πŸ˜‰
Are yo hearing Corretja at tve Teledeporte?
they are funk…


chofer Says:

But Rafa is on Christmas mode, now. So generous. He can’t close a game.


chofer Says:

Gonza

Alex is a terrific announcer, but a lousy pronouncer:)

Listen to the umpire, best.

It’s not that he’s calling his name too often, though.


Okiegal Says:

The commentator just now said β€œWhen he misses the the ball on the β€œfly”.. funny no?? πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚


Van Persie Says:

Chofer,

I fear the middle age of tennis comes after the Big 4, DelPo and even Stan are gone. I mean it.


chofer Says:

The commentators should be as bored as us, he he.

It took YEARS to “my” announver to say Chilich or Chorich instead of Cilich and Corich. They don’t have a clue the slavik C it like a ch ALL the time. Pretty much like in italian.

And they get paid!

Wait, the greek won a game. It’s raining again?


chofer Says:

VP

Delpo doesn’t went away yet. It’s a sign of the times four comebacks is enough to put it in the top 10 AGAIN while the youngsters struggle.

I think he’ll end the year behind Roger and Rafa. Nevermind the order. Word.


gonzalowski Says:

Delpo is expected to play the rest of clay season I read.

Delpo vs. Rafa would be nice to see


Okiegal Says:

Ok….. what ever you want to call him…. the Greek god, Apollo, Icarus, the Fly or by his real name….however you spell it……but regarding Clay Tennis 101……he just schooled by the Professor!! VAMOS!!

Congrats Rafa on #11 Barcelona finals…..now take a bite out of that trophy for the 11th time…..WOW JUST WOW!


chofer Says:

ok, this was quick. Congrats Rafa and I hope there is some tennis left in Madrid to play.

That should be more interesting.

And he catches McEnrow with 77. Big Mac is pulling his hair now.


Humble Rafa Says:

In a few minutes, I have to get a bite..of the trophy.

Before that I want to get a few things off my chest. Some players want roof closed all the time, they want favorable schedules, bears for their kids, etc. All I ask for is quality opposition. I don’t want to beat up all these next gen kids who are in tears at the end of the match. Neither they, their parents, paying public deserve this.

I hereby demand that tournaments go find quality players who are worth my time.

Biting time coming up.


Okiegal Says:

……but kudos to Stefano….. a great week young man!!We saw some great tennis from him this week. I believe we will see a lot more of him going deep in tournaments! A job well done!!


chofer Says:

HR

That was the most SANE thing you’ve said since I came back here.

I support that. Sincerely.


Van Persie Says:

Chofer,

DelPo will have a great year, am sure.
I meant, how tennis will look like, when all the 6, which I have mentioned, will be out. None of tbe actuals youngaters cannot even be like Andy or DelPo, when they were 20 years old. They are lacking the confidence in big matches or they are not consistent enough (Kyrgios). Or they are missing the endurence, stamina, etc.


Anto Says:

I am a big Nadal fan. I just hope someone gives him a competitive match.z


Giles Says:

Congratulations Champion!
11 Barcelona titles.
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Still #1.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘


Van Persie Says:

Sorry for the typos…

And Congrats to Rafa and fans!
He might win everything on clay this year ;)


chofer Says:

OKie

Not joining your enthusiasm, sorry. At his age, some people were contending for Slams and fughting the powers that be.

Not a good omen, this. In spite I was expeting Rafa to win. It’s not enough. You should take a fight and be positive. Rafa’s too good, but the Greek’s too complacent. He celebrated yesterday. I should have read more into it. My bad.


Giles Says:

Well done Tsit for reaching the final. He has a bright future ahead of him.


chofer Says:

Van Persie

Just look at the WTA. The stands empty. Sad, sad, sad.

That’s why I always encourage giving up the Grat Divide of tennis.

You know what is that. We should be wiser.


Margot Says:

Rafa showing there’s a gap the size of the San Andreas fault line between him and the rest.
Well played and congrats to him and his tennisx fans.
Icarus had his wings melted today, do hope he can mend them.
His coach needs to address his court position mighty quickly tho., nearly in the front row of the stands. Rafa used to stand way back too, but not any more and in consequence his game is much more aggressive. Excellent adjustment, down to Moya?


chofer Says:

The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades:))


chofer Says:

Margot

Well said. As much as I like hierarchies in tennis, I want someone to put on a fight. Something to give us a thrill. Even though the outcome is the same.

Is it too much to ask?

I think even Ferrer would give us a better much against Rafa today.

Like some friend of mine and Rafan to the bone used to tell me at tennis.com “This kids are wayyy to pampered”.


Giles Says:

Question is who is going to clean up the mess. ROFL


chofer Says:

Did Rafa get that car? That means all of his nephiews have one?

I want to be his relative:)


gonzalowski Says:

Giles jiji I thought so.

Nadal won the first final he played, Sopot 2004


Margot Says:

chofer: even Busta-Gut might’ve put up a better show, but the result would’ve been the same.
I think the only way Rafa could get beaten is if some big hitter has an exceptionally wonderful day early on in a tournament, and Rafa has an exceptionally awful day. But even then…..


osazone Says:

Congrats to Rafa….

While I agree to an extent that the generation after the Big 5 (Fedex-Nadal,Djoker,Murray – Stanima) may be not the best, we have to give them a break.

Professional sports has improved a lot in terms of diet, trainers, lifestyle etc (players have a huge support system, spend millions on their health). Djoker sacking his previous team has shown how important training is. (for Djoker – If aint broke dont fix it)

The consequence of that is that the older players are still very healthy, combined with their experience the young guns have little or no chance.

Pre Big 4, it was not the same, the older players were not that focused on the training as compared to today.

This is not even limited to Tennis, see Lebron James 33 years (NBA), Tom Brady 40 years (NFL – helps to be married to a goddess though:-)). These guys are still going very strong.


Okiegal Says:

@Giles…..you better pay close attention when referring to Stefanos as Tsit….,get my drift?? lol!!

@VP…. Thanks for the congrats….avid Rafa here!!

@Chofer…..well…..we can’t be on the same page all the time, no??


Giles Says:

Oki. I called him Tsit cos I can’t spell his name. Lol


Okiegal Says:

@Margot…..Thanks for the congrats to us Rafa fans and I will so glad when your guy gets back…,I know how you miss watching your fav play… it’s a real sucky time for the player and their fans…..I feel your pain…


Van Persie Says:

Hey guys,

Don’t apologise for bad prononciation of Greek’s name.
Just ask one Greek to pronounce “chicken and cheese”. Will be fun, I promise;)


Okiegal Says:

@Giles….I think we’re all having that problem….something easy to spell……like Rafa….he he!


Van Persie Says:

Oki,

You’re welcome :)


Okiegal Says:

@Giles 12:57…….Awww to take the plunge with Rafa……thanks for this sweet tweet!! Luv luv luv!!❀️❀️❀️ Oki


Humble Rafa Says:

Spelling his name takes more effort than beating him in a tennis match.

# life problems


Humble Rafa Says:

Seen on the interwebs.

Some years from now, Martin Klizan will be the answer to this.

6-1 6-4 6-1 6-1 6-4 6-3 6-0 6-1 6-0 6-1 6-2 6-2 6-2 2-0 6-3 6-4 6-0 6-2 6-3 6-1 6-2 6-2 6-3 6-1 6-4 6-4 6-1 6-3 6-3 6-2 6-0 6-2 6-4 6-1 6-3 6-2 6-4 6-4 6-1 6-3 6-0 7-5 6-4 6-0 6-2 6-1


Willow Says:

Awesome congrats Rafa, so happy for him, be alot less irritating if the commies didnt keep on bringing up his lack of competition though, Peter Fleming begging Federer to play clay, continually saying Novaks getting there etc etc ….


Willow Says:

Agree on Stefanos, a very likeable player woth a bright future ahead of him ….

Giles thanks for the link of Rafa jumping in the pool lol ….


j-kath Says:

Late congrats. to Rafa and fans – it has been so expected that I forgot to top my hat to the warrior….deja vue onwards as well….at least up to Wimbledon when I hope a certain Scottish invalid becomes competitive again.


Willow Says:

Thanks J-Kath and im hoping for that too ….


Humble Rafa Says:

Uncle Toni sent me congratulations for winning the 13th title at Barcelona. Every man needs an uncle like that.


Markus Says:

I wanted to send this before the finals but I got busy: Congratulations, Nadal (and his fans, both nice and not so nice) on another 11! I’m not putting my shoes on back yet . I know I will need my toes again for counting for the French Open.


AndyMira Says:

M,VP,JK,Markus!…Thank u so much for the congrats guys!


Daniel Says:

So Nadal is 2 / 2 and survive first 2 test to hold his number #1 ranking. So far defending all clay points from last year. Next Madrid. Rome is the only tourney he can afford a loss.

10 matches, 10 sets won, 3 bagles and 3 breadsticks. Hard to see him lose in his home in Madrid. But there is the clay tourney he is the least (if one can ever say that) successful. Out of the 9 editions on clay (since 2009) he won just 4 LOL
Fed got 2 (not playing), Murray got 1 (not playing) and Djoko got 2 (la la land at the moment). So, hard to see him not winning there again, specially with a week rest and he was hardly tested this last 10 matches. He is super fresh.

Nadal already 3rd in ATP race behind only DelPo and Fed.

Hope we get to see a Nadal x DelPo in Madrid. Log time these 2 don’t play on clay 2009). And in all the last 6 matches they played DelPo won at least 1 set each match, with 2 wins on Hard.


Daniel Says:

HR,

that run in impressive, 17 of those 42 sets are either 6-0 (6) or 6-1 (11), 40% of those. Almost half.


Okiegal Says:

Many thanks to Margot, Markus, JK and VP for the congrats! He’s just an amazing player on clay…….unbelievable, really……..


Willow Says:

Unbelievable achievement for Rafa, many thanks for all the congrats guys and gals ….


Humble Rafa Says:

I can’t believe other people are taking congratulations on my behalf. Good thing they can’t bite my trophies. They are mine.


AndyMira Says:

Hahahahaha HR!….We did it on the behalf of u…since you’re not interested in thanking them yourself…

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