Barcelona Open tennis final: Tsitsipas re-war Nadal, avenge the 3-year defeat

Sunday, April 25, 2021 09:06 AM (GMT + 7)

(Tennis judgment, Rafael Nadal – Stefanos Tsitsipas, 21h, 25/4, Barcelona Open men’s singles final) 3 years after Nadal easily won in the 2018 final, he will fight Tsitsipas again.

The match will be reported live. Please pay attention to watch!

Rafael Nadal – Stefanos Tsitsipas: 9:00 p.m., April 25, men’s singles final

After a week of dramatic matches, Barcelona’s top two seeds finally reached the final to compete for the championship. This will be the rematch of the 2018 final, the match where Nadal won 6-2 6-1 against Tsitsipas in the Greek player’s first final match in an ATP 500 tournament.

Nadal won the Barcelona Open 11 times in his career

Tsitsipas is already a different player from three years ago and he just won his first Masters 1000 title last week with a win at Monte Carlo. However, the clay field has always been the “home ground” for Nadal wherever he is and Barcelona is where he has won 11 times, so Tsitsipas is still at the bottom before this match.

Tsitsipas did not perform well in the semi-final against Jannik Sinner but still won in two sets against a 19-year-old opponent. One of the significant improvements of Tsitsipas recently is his ability to serve 1 well in times of danger, such as when he was 0-30 in a game near the end of set 2 against Sinner but had 3 serves. 1 good ball in a row to win the game.

Not only that, the clay court gives Tsitsipas the opportunity to correct one of his biggest weaknesses, which is his ability to return serve. The pitch made the ball go slower than usual and so Tsitsipas was not in a rush to handle the situation, which would give him more confidence against Nadal after beating the Spanish legend in the Australian Open quarter-finals earlier this year and now Nadal has been defeated at the Madrid Open (although Madrid’s field is different from Barcelona).

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Tsitsipas once won against Nadal on clay

Nadal is not really in great shape either, even when compared to his inherent abilities. He lost to Andrey Rublev in Monte Carlo as well as lost a set to Ilya Ivashka & Kei Nishikori in the first two rounds of Barcelona. However a return to form seems to be in progress as Nadal has quite a few victories over Cameron Norrie & Pablo Carreno Busta.

Nadal struggled mainly in the first serve, he made seven double mistakes in just one match against Rublev and every match at Barcelona this week Nadal has been broken once. Although Nadal has regained his feeling through each match, Tsitsipas must have paid attention to these things to prepare for the final.

The strengths and weaknesses of Nadal and Tsitsipas are quite obvious before this match and the result will depend on their preparation and utilization. Tsitsipas has been upgrading his backhand shots in response to Nadal’s spin, but it has not been easy for him to find a solution to stop Nadal from controlling the series of durable balls and push Tsitsipas down to hit below the baseline. .

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