Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the Barcelona Open
Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the Barcelona Open TONI ALBIR

Nadal right at home with 10th Barcelona Open title

TENNIS: It was apt Rafael Nadal won a record-extending 10th Barcelona Open title at the renamed Rafa Nadal court at the Real Tennis Club.

The Spaniard, who claimed the Monte Carlo Masters for a 10th time last week, thrashed Austria's Dominic Thiem in the final 6-4 6-1.

He will now be aiming to secure a 10th French Open crown later this month.

"I'm especially happy for these 10 victories in two tournaments that are as special to me as Monte Carlo and Barcelona, especially here as it's my club, and for the support of these incredible fans," Nadal told Spanish network TVE. "It's a dream start to the claycourt season."

 

Nadal  jumps into a swimming pool after winning his men's finals match
Nadal jumps into a swimming pool after winning his men's finals match Manu Fernandez

Thiem, who had beaten the 14-time grand slam champion on clay in the Argentina Open last year, earned his place in the final by beating world No.1 Andy Murray for the first time in his career.

Nadal however, romped to victory in 90 minutes, to win his 71st career title and 51st on clay.

"I really enjoyed the week in Barcelona," Thiem said. "There are worse things than to lose against the greatest player on clay ever. I enjoyed it even though I lost and I really hope I can come back in the next years."

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