Stefano Tsitsipas reaches the Barcelona Open final

One day after his win over Dominic Thiem, NextGen player Stefanos Tsitsipas upset 5th seed Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5 6-4 in the semifinals at the Barcelona Open and became the first Greek since Nicholas Kalogeropoulos in 1973 to reach an ATP final.

Stefano Tsitsipas reaches Barcelona Open final

In the final Tsitsipas will face world number one Rafael Nadal who just registered his 400th win on clay, by dispatching David Goffin 6-4 6-0 in the semifinals. Only 3 players since 1973 have recorded more wins on clay than Rafa: Guillermo Vilas (659), Manuel Orantes (502) and Thomas Muster (422).

Rafa wins 400th matches on clay

Photo credit: Banco Sadabell

Nadal, Barcelone 2017

Rafa Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev on the men’s side, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Kristina Mladenovic on the women’s side have dominated the clay court season; while world number ones Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber appeared in big trouble. Here’s our recap of who won what.

Men

Marrakech: Borna Coric

Runner-up in Marrakech last year, Borna Coric came back from the brink, saved 5 match points to overcome Philip Kohlschreiber and capture his maiden ATP title.

Monte Carlo: Rafael Nadal

Rafa‘s reign in Monte Carlo continues: he defeated fellow Spaniard Ramos-Vinolas, who stunned Andy Murray en route to his maiden Masters 1000 final. With that victory, Nadal became the first man in the Open Era to win 10 titles at a tournament, and the first to win 50 clay-court titless, surpassing Guillermo Vilas (49).


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Rafael Nadal wins 1Oth Barcelona title

One week after his 10th Monte Carlo title, Rafael Nadal captured a 10th Barcelona title by beating Dominic Thiem in straight sets 6-4 6-1. Next tournament for Rafa: Madrid.

Enjoy a few pictures from the Barcelona final, credit: Banco Sabadell.

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Rafael Nadal, Barcelona Open 2017

A week after his 10th Monte Carlo title, Rafael Nadal will face Dominic Thiem for a 10th Barcelona title.
Thiem upset world number one Andy Murray in 3 sets to reach his second final of 2017, after his victory in Rio de Janeiro in February. Rafa leads 2-1 in their head-to-head.

Rafael Nadal defeats Horacio Zeballos 6-3 6-4

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Rafa's outfit the the 2017 clay court season

The clay court season started well for Rafa as he won a 10th Monte Carlo title, a record 50th clay court title!

Here’s the outfit Rafa Nadal will be wearing in Barcelona, Madrid and Rome:

Rafa's outfit the the 2017 clay court season

Rafa's outfit the the 2017 clay court season

Rafa’s signature shoe, the NikeCourt Lunar Ballistec 1.5:

Rafa Nadal clay court shoes

Rafa Nadal clay court shoes

Nadal’s outfit is available online on nike.com