The Spaniard Rafael Nadal won his 12th title on the Spanish clay-court of the Barcelona Open. Sixteen years have passed since the first time. Sixteen years since the title that had allowed him to break the Top 10 wall for the first time.
Yet after having eaten almost everything, Rafael Nadal has not lost his hunger yet. After three hours and thirty-seven minutes of play, the Spanish champion manages to break down the resistance of Stefanos Tsitsipas and grab the title in Barcelona for the twelfth time in his career.
In the remake of the final dated 2018 (the rematch of the fourth in Melbourne Park) Rafa actually manages to win the first set by recovering a late break. The Spaniard does not take advantage of a handful of match points in the tenth game of the second set, but at the end of a side-by-side marathon (in which he too finds himself forced to cancel a championships point) he delivers the decisive push at the foot of the jeu decisif.
6-4 6-7 (6) 7-5 the final result. The number three in the world grabs the title number eighty-one in his career, the sixty-first on red and the sixteenth at the five hundred level, with his eyes obviously turned to Madrid, Rome and Paris.