Nadal Wins 11th Barcelona Title; 11th French Open Crown a Seeming Inevitability
by Staff | April 29th, 2018, 8:48 pm
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With his major opponents vacationing, sidelined by injury or coming back from injury, Rafael Nadal is making the claycourt season his stage and his alone.


On the heels of an 11th Monte Carlo title, Nadal on Sunday won an 11th Barcelona title, steamrolling Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-1 in the final of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

Nadal has now won 19 straight matches on clay and 46 sets in a row.

“I’m very happy for the victory against a very difficult opponent,” said Nadal. “Tsitsipas has an amazing future. It was a great final for me and the 11th title here means a lot. I enjoyed the whole week and had great support from the crowd.

“It’s very difficult to describe how to win 11 titles at one tournament. To win 11 Monte Carlos and 11 Barcelonas is something I couldn’t imagine doing. I’m just enjoying every week and the fact I’m playing in a tournament that I enjoy so much means a lot to me.”

Nadal’s 77th title tied him with John McEnroe, trailing only Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Ivan Lendl.

He is now 11-0 in Barcelona finals. With the win he also retained the No. 1 ranking, which he could have lost to Roger Federer during the week.

The teen Tsitsipas to reach his first ATP final defeated Diego Schwartzman, past champion Dominic Thiem, and Spaniards Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Pablo Carreno Busta, all in straight sets. He became the first Greek man to reach an ATP title match since Nicholas Kalogeropoulos in Des Moines, Iowa in 1973.

“I knew the chances to win were small, but my confidence was rising in every match and while I was expecting a little better today, congratulations to Rafa,” Tsitsipas said. “It was a first experience and tougher than I thought. I’ve watched him millions of times on TV, but it’s tougher to face him in reality. You need to be patient and do everything right, but I was in a rush and a mess in my head. I was trying to go for the lines, which was the wrong thing. I had no options. He didn’t give me any air to breathe out there. It’s something to learn from for sure and I hope to do better against him in the future.”


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66 Comments for Nadal Wins 11th Barcelona Title; 11th French Open Crown a Seeming Inevitability

chofer Says:

Just for the record: Nadal it’s not human. What he’s doing won’t ever be compared to, or challenged again. Not in my lifetime.

Once the non-match sunk in… I had time to be in awe again.

I did the same when Roger played and won the AO. Or whatever he’s won the last two years.

FTR: I despise bringing Roger to this conversation (I would otherwise with Nadal on a Roger thread)

I’m saying they’re oranges and apples.

Comparing them it’s futile. They don’t belong in human territory anymore.

Let’s enjoy them while they last.

I’ve never seen records broken like these. Never. I’ve been watching tennis for almost 30 years (regularly, since 1988)

Whoever blames a weak era, don’t get at me. They don’t know sh** about this sport. Get out of my way.

Rafa makes it look easy. Both does. Never breaking a sweat.

They have “their own ” backyards, when they’re allowed to shine, and that’s fine.

Perhaps, the Gods of tennis wanted it that way.

Good night to all.


rognadfan Says:

Well,
It’s getting to the point you don’t even have to keep up with the score. You just know it’s going to happen before the tournaments start and come the weekend it’s the same result.

I actually feel for the ticket buyers, they just have to settle for beatdowns after beatdowns.

Anyway, I am just going to congratulate Nadal on 17th Major right now.


Nitesh Says:

This kind of dominance is unheard off. I wonder what swear words opponents use when they find drawned in Nadal’s quarter.


lylenubbins Says:

Rafa’s ability to do this after coming back from injuries is unreal. If you have ever had an injury that took you out of the game for months, you will get what I am talking about. Respect!


gonzalowski Says:

Next Madrid,
maybe there Nishikori, Delpo, or Nole if he raises his level could make harm to him.
Or some more guys, on a bad day from Rafa.

we fans, delighted. What an herculean task, if he got keeping nº 1 after RG. I give him 45% chance, it’s a very hard job, aged 31.


Markus Says:

Herculean to others maybe, but all of Nadal’s clay court victories this year looked effortless to me.


Humble Rafa Says:

all of Nadal’s clay court victories this year looked effortless to me.

The hard work is done when no one is watching.


James Says:

Fed won his first slam in 2003. Nadal in 2005. Never could have imagined both winning slams in 2018. Combined age is nearing 70. Combined slams – 36.

Nadal’s records on clay will never be challenged.

Fed’s 20 slams might also go unchallenged – except by Nadal, just in case he picks up a few more (17th is sort of guaranteed, but still 3 short, and he will be 32 soon).

Sampras’s records looked untouchable when he retired in 2002. Now they look Djokovic-like – great, but nothing to ooze about.


Giles Says:

“ Herculean to others maybe, but all of Nadal’s victories this year looked effortless to me”……… says the man sitting in the comfort of his armchair. 😡😡😡😡😡😡


RZ Says:

This is definitely the golden era of tennis. All hail the King of Clay!


Markus Says:

Giles, calm down, what I said was a compliment to how everwhelmingly better Nadal is over everybody on clay. Just because I like Federer does not follow that I must me blind to the ability of others.


SG1 Says:

100 years from now, tennis historians are going to look at Rafa’s clay court resume and still be dumbfounded.


Humble Rafa Says:

I wonder what swear words opponents use when they find drawned in Nadal’s quarter.

They simply “withdraw from the season” to avoid humiliation.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Young Spaniard has a real future on clay.


Humble Rafa Says:

Fed’s 20 slams might also go unchallenged – except by Nadal, just in case he picks up a few more (17th is sort of guaranteed, but still 3 short, and he will be 32 soon).

I will get to 18 this year. 20 is target for next year.

You are welcome.


Humble Rafa Says:

Worst case, taking advice from someone who will not be named, I will shut down 8 months of the year and come win the FO and get to 20 grandslams. It can be done and it’s within my reach.

Only people with cats believe otherwise.


j-kath Says:

HR: I’m with you 100%.
I’m allergic to cats (no joking).


chofer Says:

Girls,

Gird your loins for Madrid.

Nothing really matters this week.


Willow Says:

Chofer lol, personally ive always hated the assumption that all Nadal fans that happen to be female, are only interested in him because of what he looks like, find it patronizing to say the least, but your post was funny ;-) ….


Rick Says:

Rafael was thumping Goffin on clay. But Rooferer can’t even beat Goffin indoor for the year end championship. Wake up, Markusova! You have to wake up from your fangirl’s dream.


Rick Says:

I will say the same about Rooferer with his win at the Aussie Open. His rivals were just coming back from injury, and were sidelined by injury. And the semi and final were playing indoor. What made it even worse, was that Rooferer could not even defend his titles at Indian Well and Miami and dropped from the number one ranking. Shame on you, Rooferer “THE FAKE GOAT”!


Rick Says:

If Rooferer was playing Del Potro. Instead of Berdych, Rooferer would had get his butt kicked like he did at the US Open and Miami.


Rick Says:

Nowadays Rooferer are having troubles with top 10 guys like Del Potro, Goffin and Cilic. I don’t know how Rooferer dropped that fourth set against Cilic at the Aussie Open, while he was in the lead playing indoor.


Rick Says:

Rooferer is an opportunist, the manipulator of the system. While others get tired playing on clay. He recharges himself with energy.


Okiegal Says:

@Chofer…..,.What can I say……Rafa is a stud muffin! I’m an older fan, but I can see this!! Lol!! Rafa is cute but my ❤️ throb will 4-ever be Deliciano! Thanks Judy for that very fitting name for the other Spaniard in my life……. 😍😍😍


gonzalowski Says:

I guess you Rick are not very fond of Roger, then?


rognadfan Says:

Looks like, this Rick’s .ick came to his dung-filled head. Got all boned up with Nadal’s victory that he is squirting horsh.t all over the place.


rognadfan Says:

HR, Mr. Obnox –
Nadal has the luxury of being 31 relative to Roger. So he can push his body a little bit more because he knows even if he is injured he will have time to make a comeback.
If roger gets injured right now, that’s retirement.
So wait 5 more years and come talk if nadal plays through the N american swing, through clay & grass and then goes to indoor.
I suspect his season then will be pretty much from april through june because there won’t be any point for him to play indoors (no hope) or the american hardcourts (some hope but too much of a toll).


Rick Says:

Roger should retires if his body couldn’t handle the full year on tour. That is what most players do. Instead of earning credits by manipulating the system.


Rick Says:

Not only that, if Nole is playing like what he used to. Rooferer just couldn’t had won another Wimbledon. And I remember that the younger Fed was crying when Nole beat him for the Wimbledon final.


Rick Says:

Jimmy Connors is respectable. He doesn’t skip a few months each year to prolonged his career. If he did the same thing as Rooferer did. His career would had been more impressive than what he had already achieved.


Willow Says:

Rogernad fan but Nadal holds the USO and has won it three times, i think your been a little harsh lol ….


Willow Says:

Gonzo lol ….


Nitesh Says:

Just waiting for Madrid to start. All familiar names coming back will be lot more intresting . So it will be tricky for everyone including the king but still I don’t think king is in any mood to let off the pedal.


rognadfan Says:

Willow,

Sorry if I sounded harsh, no such intention there.
On USO and the NA hardcourts. Remember my post was in reference to a 35-36 year old Nadal (who may or may not be around). I know he has done pretty well at USO; that’s why I said ‘some hope there’ instead of really ‘no hope’ on the European fall tournaments. TBH, if he plays till he is 36, he will be too burnt by USO to be a force there especially because he’ll win or do very well on all clay court events.


Humble Rafa Says:

i think your been a little harsh lol ….

American education has failed you. Seriously.


Humble Rafa Says:

35-36 year old Nadal (who may or may not be around).

I will be around. Don’t be spreading rumors.


Willow Says:

I Dont know about the future, i only care about enjoying the here and the now ….


rognadfan Says:

Willow, that’s exactly what you should be doing. But there are others, who, can’t enjoy this great period and dig up dirt on others.
Anyway, Don’t be flying too high now! ;)

Just kidding!


rognadfan Says:

HR – You are quite the assumer, aren’t you.
First, you try to live a vicarious life; second you speculate, on the internet, where one got his/her education

Just so you know, I come from the third world and spent most of my life there.

FYI that’s not in another planet. You may assume there are people in other worlds outside Earth (we haven’t found them yet). It’s just a derogatory name the Europeans & Americans gave to poor countries.

On being around 35-36, only time will tell. Will be happy if he stays around that long.


Margot Says:

rognadfan: “Third world” is a horrible term, I used to use “developing” world but that’s no longer applicable as you’re the “overtaking” world now!


rognadfan Says:

Margot, It is a horrible world. But had to bring this up for education’s sake. Just to make sure HR’s head gets cleared. Who knows, from tomorrow he may refer me as an alien from an exoplanet called the ‘third world’. ;)
Ok is that a bit too much? HR? Oh What the hell, You’ve been spitting similar BS since 2007/08ish.


Willow Says:

Rogernad fan lol ive never been one to take anything for granted whether thats sport or in real life, nothing lasts forever ;-)


gonzalowski Says:

Rafa: “I understand that Federer must think that it is a major wear to play on clay, that he has a fantastic winning dynamic and that in clay he can lose more matches and lose that aura of unbeatable that he maintains on other surfaces. It is respectable, and while it works … In 2017 it was perfect, what is he going to change? “


Shubham Sehgal Says:

Well, Rafael Nadal is on a roll, he is just phenomenal in Clay and no doubt why Roger Federer said in an interview, “Rafael Nadal had have an advantage over me in Clay”.
Best of luck Rafa, French Open Title is waiting :D


Rick Says:

Rooferer already lost that winning aura at Indian Wells and Miami. I doubt that he would returns with the same confidence and success that he had last year. And you can’t say that, those players who were injured last year, would not pick up their games in a few months time. When Rooferer returns, this time Rooferer might pays the prize of bludging too much.


gonzalowski Says:

Rick it would be funny if your nick was “Psycho Rafa”, as an alter ego of Humble Rafa :)


Humble Rafa Says:

Rick it would be funny if your nick was “Psycho Rafa”, as an alter ego of Humble Rafa :)

If someone needs to come under my ownership, he needs to work on his skills. It’s a privilege to be under my umbrella.


j-kath Says:

Not sure where to put this re, Andy Murray.

http://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Andy_Murray/54418/atp-shertogenbosch-entry-list-andy-murray-makes-his-comeback/

Looking at the players list, there’s several who are very competitive vs. Andy – so not holding my breath.


gonzalowski Says:

uau good news fron Andy 👍 could he be a factor to win wB?


AndyMira Says:

JK….Can’t wait for Andy’s return!…Really really hope his comeback will be as smooth as it can be…..C’mon Andy!!


Willow Says:

Cant wait to see Andy back playing, baby steps first, grass is his best surface, so i can understand him starting from a position of strength, he excels at Queens so that will be a good springboard for Wimbledon ….


j-kath Says:

Gonzalowski/Andy-Mira/Willow

Kind of you gals to wish Andy well. Just about every big name in the game (except Roger) is playing Queens. Oddly enuf I think Andy will go further at Wimbledon being a 5-setter…gives him more time to achieve rhythm. Maybe, maybe not – will be interesting to find out.


Willow Says:

Thats true J-Kath ;-)


AndyMira Says:

JK!…Don’t forget Andy is my 2nd fav!…I will always root for Andy…Now & forever!…

I read too that Andy will play in Challenger event before that right?


Willow Says:

Hes my second favorite and im part Scottish ;-)


j-kath Says:

Andy Mira

Taa – I don’t forget good news like that. Re Challenger events – yes he was supposed play Glasgow and a little later a venue in England. He didn’t play Glasgow so not sure if he will play the other one in England….from memory I think it was around May 17th.


j-kath Says:

Yes, Willow…also glad to have your continued support..
us Brits are a bit of this…bit of that (my paternal grandmother was French/English – she was awesome).


Giles Says:

Fed playing Stuttgart.


gonzalowski Says:

T Breah on the first Anderson – Tsitsipas, a matched game indeed, Tsitsi saved a set point before


RZ Says:

Tsitsipas continuing his strong play on clay


Willow Says:

Thanks for the link AndiMira, love this side of the players, especially as hes doing so well on court now too ….

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