Rafael Nadal eases into another Barcelona Open final with a classy display
Rafael Nadal is back in the final of the Barelona Open after a 6-3, 6-2 win against countryman Pablo Carreno Busta.
The 11-time champion landed a flurry of forehand winners and claimed four service breaks to extend his unbeaten record against Carreno Busta to 8-0 as he made it through to a remarkable 69th final on clay.
“I am very happy to be back in a final here at an historic event, a home event and an important one for me,” said Nadal.
“I think I did things well today, better than the other days. I have been improving every single day a little bit more.”
Nadal looks certain to face a serious test in Sunday’s final as he looks to end Stefanos Tsitsipas’s 17-0 unbeaten run on clay in 2021 in what is a mouth-watering final.
“Tomorrow will be a very tough one,” added Nadal “Stefanos is playing probably better than ever
“Not one set lost in Monte-Carlo and here, so it will be the toughest opponent possible. I hope to be ready. It is going to be a tough one, but I need to be ready to increase my level and let’s see.
“It’s the best Tsitsipas I have seen. I have to push on his backhand in order not to let him dictate with his forehand. He is playing at a very high level. I do not know if I made enough steps forward in order to beat him.”
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