Barcelona Open gallery: Carlos Alcaraz reigns supreme on the Pista Rafa Nadal

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Carlos Alcaraz claimed his third career title and moved to 10-0 in ATP 500 tournaments in 2022 with an entertaining run to the Barcelona Open title.

Here we look back at a wet week in Catalonia.

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Carlos Alcaraz did double duty on Sunday, playing his Barcelona Open semi-final and final hours apart before taking a dip in the club swimming pool as per tradition.

Alcaraz secured a straight sets victory over countryman Pablo Carreno Busta on the Pista Rafa Nadal on Sunday 24 April 2022.

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Carlos Alcaraz was crowned Barcelona Open Champion on Sunday ensuring that he moved up to World No 9 in the rankings this week having set himself the season goal of breaking into the top 15.

Alcaraz’s compatriot Carreno Busta flew under the radar throughout his run to the final.

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Pablo Carreno Busta appeared in his 11th ATP Tour level final but was unable to claim a seventh title as he was well-beaten by Alcaraz in a fairly one-sided final.

By the last four the tournament had lost the quartet of top seeds.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas had been seeking back-to-back titles having been runner-up in Barcelona in 2021 but he was stopped by Alcaraz in the last four after a frustrating week.

Court changes and wild weather made for a difficult week for the top players in Barcelona.

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Highly-rated second seed Casper Ruud lost to Pablo Carreno Busta on Day 5 of the Barcelona Open despite taking the first set of their encounter.

The top four seeds all made the quarterfinals only to lose to players with lower seedings.

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Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie lost his Barcelona Open last eight clash with Australian tenth seed Alex de Minaur. De Minaur went on to lose to Alcaraz in the semifinal.

The 69th edition of the Barcelona Open was marred by wet weather and fan protests.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime appeared set to put his recent struggles behind him at the Barcelona Open but a promising run for the Canadian ended in the last eight.

The sun did grace the Pista Rafa Nadal for the final day.

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The clouds broke on Sunday and the paying punters at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona could enjoy a bumper day of tennis; taking in the semifinals and final.

Top seed Tsitsipas endured a rough week and took criticism for his behaviour during his loss to Alcaraz.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas unloaded on the chair umpire during his quarterfinal loss to Carlos Alacaraz first suggesting the Spaniard was taking too long on a bathroom break before suggesting the official should be fired.

Welcoming crowds back at full capacity the Barcelona Open was well-attended despite the miserable weather.

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There may have been some ticketing issues which led to vociferous fan protests that stoppped Stefanos Tsitsipas’ second round match against Ilya Ivashka which had been moved to an outer court, but fans appeared to enjoy the ATP 500 tournament.

Spanish fans could get behind a new hero with Rafael Nadal missing the event due to injury.

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He may be a son of Murcia but Carlos Alcaraz was adopted by the Barcelona crowd this week enjoying the backing of the fans and signing piles of autographs.

The Barcelona Open served as a spotlight for one of the game’s brightest young talents.

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Barcelona Open winner Carlos Alcaraz is somebody who could be set to bring untold joy not only to Spanish tennis fans but lovers of the game all over the world.

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