Red-hot Nadal wins ‘dream’ 10th Barcelona Open

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Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory over Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem at the end of the ATP Barcelona Open on April 30, 2017 © AFP / Josep LAGO

BARCELONA, Spain, Apr 30 Rafael Nadal hailed a “dream start” to his clay court season after romping to his 10th Barcelona Open on Sunday having a 6-4, 6-1 win over Austria’s Dominic.

The Spaniard also claimed his 10th title at the Monte Carlo Masters last week as he gears up for to go for his 10th French Open next month.

“the idea can be two consecutive weeks winning, in Monte Carlo as well as here, two special tournaments for me, the idea can be a dream start on clay,” said Nadal.

“the idea means a lot for me to reach number 10 here in Barcelona, in front of the people of my club, I am very happy as well as emotional.”

Nadal won in Barcelona between 2005-2009, 2011-13 as well as currently from the last two years.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion also looks like the man to beat at Roland Garros after winning on a Barcelona court named after him as well as where he didn’t drop a set all week.

“I thank the club as well as its members for putting my name on This particular court. the idea means a lot to me,” added Nadal.

Nadal has currently won 19 straight sets, yet Thiem was the toughest opponent he has faced on clay so far This particular year.

Thiem had shocked world number one Andy Murray in Saturday’s semi-finals as well as showed some early resistance.

the entire world number nine even had his only break point of the match from the first game.

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal celebrates with his trophy after winning the ATP Barcelona Open © AFP / Josep LAGO

yet Nadal, returning to top form at age 30, upped his intensity at the crucial moment as well as Thiem crumbled with three errors from the 10th game to give away the only break of the set.

“The first set was vitally important,” added Nadal.

“the idea was hard. I was having a few more chances than him yet the idea was very even as well as that will can be why I celebrated with so much energy at the end.”

The second set was a procession as Thiem’s frustration at his inability to break through Nadal’s defences saw him consistently fire long.

Thiem held off three break points in his opening service game, yet was powerless to stop Nadal thereafter as he won the last a few games to seal victory in just over 0 minutes on court.

However, Thiem wasn’t too disheartened after losing out to the king of clay after what had been a productive week.

“I truly enjoyed the week in Barcelona,” he said.

“There are worse things than to lose against the greatest player on clay ever.”

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