Nadal beats Greece's Tsitsipas in Barcelona Open final

Stefanos Tsitsipas reveals tactics to upset Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal has continued his clay court dominance, claiming a staggering 11 Barcelona Open title with a straight sets win in the final.

Nadal has now won 46 consecutive sets on clay, and speaking after the victory, it seems each title is sweeter than the last. Nadal now has 77 titles overall while his career clay-court match record stands at 401wins against just 35 defeats. "It's been a great lesson", Tsitsipas said.

Tsitsipas held to make it 4-1 and avoid a bagel, but the relentless Nadal was soon celebrating yet another title after the Athens native crashed a backhand into the net.

Tsitsipas did manage to pull one game back but simply had no answer for Nadal's power and pace, as the defending champion took the first set 6-2.

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According to data from ATPWorldTour.com, Nadal tied John McEnroe in fourth on 77 career titles (only Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, and Ivan Lendl are ahead of him).

After the win, Nadal dived into a pool at the venue along with some of the tournament's ball boys and ball girls.

Nadal was out of action earlier this year because of a lingering right hip injury sustained in the Australian Open quarter finals. "I never dreamed of having a career like this", said the 16-time Grand Slam title victor. In reaching the final, he became the first Greek player to do so at an ATP event since 1973.

Speaking after his win yesterday, Nadal said: "I'm very happy for the victory against a very hard opponent". "But we really do need one or two guys, whether it's Del Potro or Thiem or somebody to step up and say "I can do this, I'm ready to compete with him" and raise their game, because the game needs it".

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Tsitsipas, No. 63 in the world, is the youngest finalist in Barcelona since 2005.

Though the 19-year-old couldn't mount a serious challenge to the king of clay, he enjoyed a remarkable week of his own in Barcelona.

She matched her opponent's powerful groundstrokes but Pliskova struck 11 aces as she went on to claim her first title of the year.

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