BARCELONA, April 30, 2017
Rafael Nadal captured his 71st ATP World Tour-level crown with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Austria’s Dominic Thiem in Sunday’s title match of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.
The 30-year-old from Mallorca saved the only break point he faced, capitalizing on five three of his own to prevail in one hour and 30 minutes.
Nadal capped a record-breaking stretch, which saw him become the first player to win 10 titles at a tour-level event in Monte-Carlo and repeat the feat a week later in Barcelona.
The Spaniard was only broken twice in 47 service games throughout the week and has won 20 of 21 sets thus far on the European clay-court swing.
“I’m very satisfied. It’s been an emotional day for me. Playing in front of my crowd and my club and winning a 10th title here is something that’s impossible to even dream of. It’s very special and unique. I played my best match of the tournament this afternoon against probably the toughest opponent in the tournament, so I’m very happy,” Nadal told.
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Thiem falls to 8-4 in ATP World Tour finals. He was bidding for a second ATP World Tour 500 title of the season, having emerged victorious in Rio de Janeiro in February.
“He was hitting to my backhand and I couldn’t really come out of it. The next time I play him I have to change something. He didn’t hit many unforced errors and give me any free points. It’s difficult for any player in the world against him,” Thiem said and added:
“I’m not used to playing two of the greatest players in two days. It was a great experience for me. It was two really good days for me and my game.”
Mergea/Qureshi Win Doubles Title
Florin Mergea of Romania and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan won their first ATP World Tour doubles title as a team beating Germany’s Philipp Petzschner and Austrian Alexander Peya 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 10 minutes.
“For me, it’s my first time here and it’s been a privilege to play in this club, and I’m looking forward to coming back,” told Mergea, who improved to 7-8 in doubles finals.
“I couldn’t be more happy. I’ve been working really hard, and I know he’s a really hard worker. There’s so much history in this club, and it’s great to be a part of it, to win a title here. Hopefully we can come back and win another title in this beautiful city,” Qureshi added.