Tennis: Former world number one Rafael Nadal celebrated his Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell title win by jumping into the swimming pool right after the presentation ceremony on Sunday. After receiving his winning trophy and cash prize from the chief guest and the post match speech, Nadal went to the locker room and from there he ran to the swimming pool at the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona and dived into it.
Nadal looked extremely happy after winning his eighth Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell title. It was quite amusing for the Spanish star’s fans to see their favorite tennis star in such a good mood. After losing to Novak Djokovic in the final of Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and seeing his eight year reign end there, this was a moment of sheer joy for the Spaniard.
The world number five thrashed his compatriot and Davis Cup team mate Nicolas Almagro in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 in the title match. This was Nadal’s 39th consecutive match win at this ATP World Tour 500 clay court event.
Nadal faced a scare at the start of the match as he went down 0-3 with double break. The Spaniard shared during the post match press conference that he was jubilant after this result. The Spanish star said, “I feel very happy to lift the trophy once again here in Barcelona.
It means a lot especially after the difficult year I’ve had. The conditions were very difficult today, especially in the first six games as it was raining a lot.” He added, “I am extremely satisfied about being able to defeat a player like Nico in straight sets in the final.
I played better and better as the match went on and the break at 1-3 in the first set was vital for me. In the second set, things went smoother and I managed [to do] well in all the difficult moments.” This was Nadal’s fourth title since his comeback from a seven month injury break.
He has reached the title match of all the six tournaments he has played since then. Nadal will now take a break of one week from the ATP Tour and then resume by participating in the Mutua Madrid Open in May.