'I don't hate losing,' Rafael Nadal debunks Stefanos Tsitsipas' suggestion

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Nadal Saves M.P., Makes It A Dozen In Barcelona. Rafael Nadal saved one championship point on Sunday to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-7(6), 7-5 and collect a record-extending 12th Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell trophy. ATP TourRafael Nadal Saves MP, Beats Stefanos Tsitsipas For 12th Barcelona Title

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He found a way Sunday to overcome lost opportunities in the Barcelona Open final and escape defeat while facing a red-hot opponent. Nadal won his first title of the year, squandering a couple of match points and then saving one on his way to beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-7 (6), 7-5. Hot Springs SentinelNadal outlasts Tsitsipas to win Barcelona Open

Rafael Nadal denies Stefanos Tsitsipas’ claims that the Spaniard “hates to lose more than anybody else,” following their Barcelona Open championship face-off.

“I don’t hate losing,” Nadal rebutted in his press conference, before qualifying his statement. “But, I like winning and competing more than anything else,” he explained.

“I like to make an effort to try to achieve the objectives and, if I do not achieve them, to leave with the peace of mind that I have tried.

“If you don’t fight in a final, when do you fight?”

Rafael Nadal secured his 12th Barcelona title, 61st on clay and 87th overall by defeating Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 7-5 in the final.

“It is a daily attitude in life,” Nadal went on on the subject of his mindset. “In my career I have always respected any rival and the essence of the sport, which is to do your best every day.

“If you can reach 100, fantastic, but if it is not about reaching the maximum possible at all times.”

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Rafael Nadal claims his first title of the season, topping Stefanos Tsitsipas to win Barcelona Open

ESPN 26 April, 2021 - 03:00pm

It was the first title of the year for the third-ranked Nadal, who has been struggling to find his best form. He secured the clay-court title by converting on his third match point.

The match lasted 3 hours, 38 minutes, making it the longest best-of-three set ATP final since stats started being tracked in 1991. It was also the longest best-of-three ATP match so far this year.

It was Nadal's seventh title in the past 10 editions of the Barcelona Open, and 12th in 16 editions. The tournament was not played last year because of the pandemic.

Nadal also needed three sets to advance in his first two matches in Barcelona. He was coming off a loss to Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters last week, a tournament that Tsitsipas won in a final against Rublev.

Tsitsipas, who had not lost a set on his way to the final in Barcelona, had beaten Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

Nadal was behind from the start but won four straight games to take the first set. The top-seeded Spaniard got off to another slow start in the second set and needed another late break. He wasted two match points at 5-4, then saved three consecutive break points in the following game.

Tsitsipas converted on his third set point of the tiebreaker to force a third set. The Greek then himself squandered a match point when 5-4 ahead. Nadal survived, winning three straight games for the title.

Tsitsipas, the second-seeded player in Barcelona, was seeking his 27th win this season to surpass Rublev as the top winner on the men's circuit.

The 34-year-old Nadal has won all 12 finals he reached in Barcelona. He dominated the tournament in his home country from 2005-09, 2011-13 and 2016-18. He lost in the 2019 semifinals to eventual champion Dominic Thiem.

Tennis-Nadal outlasts Tsitsipas to claim 12th Barcelona Open title

Yahoo Sports 26 April, 2021 - 03:00pm

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Having collected his first title of the 2021 season, Nadal, 34, will leapfrog Russian Daniil Medvedev to take back the world number two spot in the updated ATP rankings on Monday.

Nadal was on the brink of defeat in the 10th game of the final set but recovered to win three straight games to overcome Monte Carlo champion Tsitsipas after three hours and 38 minutes -- making it the longest ATP Tour match of the year.

Tsitsipas, who won his previous meeting with the Spaniard in the Australian Open quarter-finals in February, fought hard to stay in the match and saved two match points before winning the second-set tiebreak to force the decider.

Nadal improved his unbeaten record to 12-0 in finals at one of his favourite ATP events where the main showcourt carries his name.

The 20-times Grand Slam winner will be back in action at next month's ATP Masters 1000 tournaments in Madrid and Rome and will look to carry the momentum into the French Open, where he will be seeking a record-extending 14th Roland Garros title.

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

The 34-year-old, who claimed a record-extending 12th Barcelona title, suffered a back injury in Melbourne earlier this year before he was beaten by Tsitsipas in the Australian Open quarter-finals. But the Spaniard, who will be looking for a 14th French Open crown when the claycourt Grand Slam begins on May 30, showed he was returning to his battling best on Sunday, saving a match point before going on to winning his first title of 2021.

Nadal missed two match points in the second set but eventually prevailed after more than three and a half hours.

Rafael Nadal won his first title of the year, squandering a couple of match points and then saving one on his way to beating Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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Nadal, Barty back to winning ways on clay

Australian Open 26 April, 2021 - 03:00pm

Nadal claimed an incredible 12th Barcelona title with a thrilling win over the in-form Stefanos Tsitsipas, shortly after Barty beat Aryna Sabalenka in three sets to triumph in Stuttgart. 

It marked Nadal’s first clay-court title of the season, while it was Barty’s first red-clay tournament since she won the Roland Garros title in 2019. 

Also notching tournament titles were Matteo Berrettini, who overcame Aslan Karatsev for the Belgrade trophy, and Sorana Cirstea, who captured her first WTA title in 13 years with an upset victory over No.1 seed Elise Mertens in Istanbul.

Karatsev had stunned world No.1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the Serb’s home tournament, avenging his loss to Djokovic at the same stage of AO 2021.

There was an element of revenge in Nadal’s win too, given he had let slip a two-sets-to-love lead in his quarterfinal loss to Tsitsipas at Melbourne Park

He had also looked rusty a week earlier in a quarterfinal exit at the Monte Carlo Masters, a tournament Tsitsipas went on to win.

Having rediscovered some form at the Barcelona event with a stadium court bearing his name, Nadal earned two championship points when leading Tsitsipas 6-4 5-4. 

Yet the Greek – who led 4-2 in the first set and 3-1 in the second – staged a dramatic comeback, recovering from 4-2 down in the subsequent tiebreak to send the final to a deciding set. 

He even earned a match point of his own in the 10th game of the third, before Nadal ultimately triumphed 6-4 6-7(6) 7-5. 

Nadal’s victory ended Tsitsipas’ streaks of nine straight matches and 17 consecutive sets won.

"Rafa, bravo. How many is that, 28?” Tsitsipas joked. "Twenty-eight Barcelona titles is not bad, I'm really jealous."

Nadal, with an eye towards peaking at Roland Garros where he is chasing an incredible 14th title, said his Barcelona title was important “for the future”.

"I think I never played a final like this in this tournament, so it means a lot to me against a player like him, (after what) he achieved in Monte-Carlo and (that he reached) the final here without losing a set," Nadal said. 

"It is an important victory for me. I think I have been increasing my level during the whole week and this victory confirms it.”

Barty, meanwhile, claimed her third title of 2021 and has now won her last 10 matches against top-10 opposition. 

Despite dropping the first set against the big-hitting Belarusian, Barty’s patience and variety began to wear down Sabalenka, who became increasingly error-prone and seemed to struggle with a thigh injury.

Barty reeled off nine straight games to take control of the final, which she eventually won 3-6 6-0 6-3.

Seventh-ranked Sabalenka was playing for a 10th career title, but instead it was Barty capturing her 11th, while strengthening her hold on the world No.1 ranking.

She also won the doubles title, with Jennifer Brady. 

"This week’s been phenomenal for me," said Barty, who earlier in the week beat top-10 players Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina.

“I’ve certainly felt like I’m taking my tennis to kind of a new level, in a sense of being able to be calm and play with freedom and play without consequence in a way, just going out there and try to bring my best every single point."

Another WTA champion this week was Cirstea, who last tasted tournament success when she won the 2008 Tashkent title as a teenager. 

Romania’s Cirstea did not drop a set in Istanbul, seeing off rising stars Anastasia Potapova, Fiona Ferro and Marta Kostyuk before stunning world No.16 Mertens 6-1 7-6(3).

"I’m very, very happy for this trophy," Cirstea said. "I did not expect it, to be honest, so probably I’m twice as glad.”

Berrettini, the second seed in Belgrade, won his fourth career title with a 6-1 3-6 7-6(0) win over Karatsev.

The four matches he won in Belgrade were Berrettini’s first victories since he withdrew ahead of his AO 2021 fourth-round match with Tsitsipas due to an abdominal injury.

"Today I proved to myself that I can fight and I can digest tough situations. I came back stronger,” Berrettini said.

"He deserved to be in the final, but I deserved it as well. In the end when you're in a final, it's who wants it more … or who is more ready, and I guess today I was better than him."

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The Baseline Player of the Week: Rafael Nadal

Baseline 26 April, 2021 - 03:00pm

On Sunday, Rafael Nadal displayed once again why he is one of the best players in the world. In an early contender for match of the year, the Spaniard fended off match point against Stefanos Tsitsipas to win his 12th Barcelona title, almost losing in the same arena named after him.

In the Spaniard's 11 previous Barcelona finals, he has only dropped one other set, but when faced with match point at 5-4 in the final set, it looked like Nadal's winning streak would come to an end. In the second set, the Spaniard had two match points of his own, but was unable to convert after missing both.

This was the first title of the season for the world No. 2 who is ramping up to win another Roland Garros title. The Barcelona final was also the longest of the season so far at 3 hours and 38 minutes and the longest ATP best-of-three set final in general since tracking began in 1991.

Nadal has never lost in a Barcelona final, winning all 12 attempts.

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'I really believe I can play better,' warns Nadal after epic win in Barcelona

Tennishead 26 April, 2021 - 03:00pm

The Spanish ace regained his world number two spot from Daniil Medvedev after he battled to a fine win over the in-form Greek.

It was certainly hard-fought, with three-hour-38-minutes epic the longest final on record for a best-of-three final on the ATP Tour.

However, despite what was a quite superb victory, Nadal has warned he still sees an awful lot of room to improve before Roland Garros.

“It is important for me,” Nadal said after his 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 win. “It is important for my confidence. It is important for the title, by itself.

“It is an important title in my career, achieving another ATP 500 [title] and, additionally, one of the best ATP 500s in the history of our sport with a big tradition in Barcelona. It is great.

“I think I have been able to play better and better during the whole week [in] every single match and today was a little bit better than yesterday. I have room to keep improving. I was not perfect.

“I really believe that I can play better than what I am doing on clay and I really hope that the victory of today is going to help me to raise a little bit [my] level that I need today to fight for the next couple of events that I am going to play.”

“I have not been able to play a lot of competitive matches for the past couple of months.

“It is true that matches like today make me feel better physically and more ready for the long battles.

“I felt quite well on the court about my physical performance. I have been working hard at home to be ready for this stuff.”

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Nadal saves match point to beat Tsitsipas for 12th Barcelona title

Bangkok Post 26 April, 2021 - 03:00pm

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BARCELONA: Rafael Nadal saved a championship point to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 7-5 on Sunday and claim a 12th Barcelona Open title in the ATP's longest match of 2021.

The Spaniard secured his first title of the year and 87th of his career, denying Tsitsipas back-to-back triumphs following his maiden Masters 1000 title at Monte Carlo last week.

Nadal avenged his Australian Open quarter-final loss to Tsitsipas and will return to second in the ATP rankings on Monday by climbing back above Daniil Medvedev after his marathon 3-hour 38-minute win.

"It means a lot for me to play the final here and win," said Nadal. "I improved my level during the week and this trophy means a lot."

Nadal redeemed himself after a surprise quarter-final exit in Monte Carlo, but the three sets dropped en route to the title represented the most in any of his wins here.

"It's an everyday job, accepting the challenge, staying humble when sometimes you don't play as well and you have to fight to find solutions every day."

No man has won more matches this year than Tsitsipas (26) but the 22-year-old has lost all seven finals at the ATP 500 level.

"Rafa, bravo. How many is that, 28? 28 Barcelona titles is not bad," joked Tsitsipas.

"I'm really jealous. But you've earned it. You're one of the biggest competitors in our sport, I'm sure you know that."

Second seed Tsitsipas, a Roland Garros semi-finalist in 2020, had won all 17 sets on clay this season and entered the final unbeaten on the surface in nine matches.

The Greek built up a 4-2 lead in the opening set after breaking Nadal in the third game but dropped his serve twice in succession as the 20-time Grand Slam champion hit back to win four games in a row.

Fifth-ranked Tsitsipas, who won just three games when the pair met in the 2018 final, again procured an early break in set two but Nadal responded to haul himself level at 3-all.

Nadal failed to convert two match points as Tsitsipas clung on to hold when trailing 5-4, with the Spaniard saving three break points in the very next game.

Nadal took a 4-2 lead in the tiebreak but the momentum swung back towards Tsitsipas as he won four straight points, blowing two set points before forcing a decider at the third attempt after a double fault from his opponent.

In sharp contrast, the third set went on serve without a single break opportunity until Tsitsipas edged to within a point of the title with Nadal on the ropes serving at 4-5.

Nadal survived though and finally converted his fourth break chance in the following game, snuffing out a Tsitsipas break point in the final game before clinching his 61st clay-court title.

His 12 Barcelona victories are second only to his 13 Roland Garros trophies.

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