Unstoppable Rafael Nadal wins Barcelona Open for 11th time

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Rafael-Nadal celebrate

Rafael Nadal brushed aside Stefanos Tsitsipas to win his 11th Barcelona Open title.

The world No 1 beat the Greek teenager 6-2, 6-1 in one hour and 17 minutes as he made it 46 consecutive sets won on clay, while the win was also his 401st on the red dirt.

Nadal took 40 minutes to win the opening set as he broke the 19-year-old, who was playing in his first ATP Tour final, twice to take a one-set lead.

Tsitsipas managed to win only one service game in the second as Nadal cruised to his 19th win in a row on clay and yet another Barcelona trophy.

“It’s really emotional to see that video. I never dreamed of having a career like this,” the Spaniard said. “Last year, they made a video of my 10 titles here. Now they have had to make another video for 11 – it makes me feel like I am ageing.

“Thanks to everyone for making the tournament so special and thanks to my family who have been with me even when things have not been so smooth.”

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