NADAL WINS BARCELONA FOR RECORD 10TH TIME

Barcelona, – Rafael Nadal set his second big record in eight days by defeating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 on Sunday to win the Barcelona Open for a 10th time. The triumph on home clay for the Spaniard followed his unprecedented 10th title at Monte Carlo la…

Barcelona, – Rafael Nadal set his second big record in eight days by defeating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 on Sunday to win the Barcelona Open for a 10th time.

The triumph on home clay for the Spaniard followed his unprecedented 10th title at Monte Carlo last weekend.

Nadal won his 71st career title and 51st on clay in Barcelona and has the chance to reach the magic 10 at Roland Garros when the French Open starts in a month.

The Spanish powerhouse methodically claimed the opening set in 50 minutes, then abruptly shifted into overdrive to run down his Austrian opponent in a steamroller second set.

Thiem saved a match point, but his resistance had already evaporated, dpa reported.

Nadal was playing is his 10th Barcelona final, overcoming windy and chilly conditions in the Catalan capital. He first won the title in 2005.

He was competing in his fifth final of the season and stretched his current win streak to 10 matches. The third seed did not drop a set on his way to the trophy.

Thiem, who knocked out Andy Murray in the semi-finals, accepted defeat against the world’s best on clay.(QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency