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

Rafael Nadal Australian Open 2017

Who would have thought we would see these two immense champions face each other in a Grand Slam final again?

Rafael Nadal’s road to the final

I never dreamed to be back in the final of the Australian Open. It’s a very special thing for both of us to be playing again in a major final. Neither of us probably thought we would be here again.

Round Opponent Score
R1 Florian Mayer 6-3 6-4 6-4
R2 Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 6-1 6-3
R3 Alexander Zverev (24) 4-6 6-3 6-7 6-3 6-2
R4 Gaël Monfils (6) 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-4
QF Milos Raonic (3) 6-4 7-6 6-4
SF Grigor Dimitrov (15) 6-3 5-7 7-6 6-7 6-4
Roger Federer’s road to the final

Roger Federer Australian Open 2017

I’ll leave it all out here in Australia and if I can’t walk for another five months, that’s OK.

Round Opponent Score
R1 Jürgen Melzer 7-5 3-6 6-2 6-2
R2 Noah Rubin 7-5 6-3 7-6
R3 Tomas Berdych (10) 6-2 6-4 6-4
R4 Kei Nishikori (5) 7-6 4-6 1-6
QF Mischa Zverev 6-1 7-5 6-2
SF Stan Wawrinka (4) 7-5 6-3 1-6 4-6 6-3

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Roger Feder, Australian Open 2017
Day 1 – first round

Defending champion Angelique Kerber struggles but gets past Lesia Tsurenko in three sets.
– Number 4 seed Simona Halep is ousted by world number 52 Shelby Rogers 6-3 6-1.
– Playing in his first Grand Slam match since he became world number one, Andy Murray defeats Illya Marchenko in straight sets.
Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic survive five-set scare against respectively Martin Klizan and Jerzy Janowicz
– In his return to competition, Federer loses a set, but wins his first match since Wimbledon last year.
– Aussie teen Alex De Minaur, making is Grand Slam debut, fought back from a match point down to beat Gerald Melzer in a five-set marathon.

Day 2 – first round

– World number 2 Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic are safely through to second round despite challenging first round matches -on paper. 6-4 6-3 for Serena over Belinda Bencic, 6-1 7-6 6-2 for Djokovic over Fernando Verdasco.
– No trouble for Rafael Nadal who cruises past Florian Mayer 6-3 6-4 6-4. He next faces 2006 runner-up Marcos Baghdatis.
– Big troubles on the contrary for David Goffin who needs five sets to defeat young American Reilly Opelka.
– Playing in his 60th consecutive Grand Slam tournament, number 28 seed Feliciano Lopez lost to Fabio Fognini in straight sets.
– 37-year-old Ivo Karlovic fired 75 aces! to overcome Horacio Zeballos in a five-set marathon 6-7 3-6 7-5 6-2 22-20.

Day 3 – second round

– Another hard-fought win for world number one Angelique Kerber who defeats fellow German Carine Witthoeft 6-2 6-7 6-2. She’s turning 29 today.
– Garbine Muguruza booked her place in the third round with a clean 7-5 6-4 win over Samantha Crawford.
Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka cruise into the third round with straight sets wins over Andrey Rublev and Steve Johnson.
Andreas Seppi rallies from 2 sets down, saves a match point and downs Kyrgios 1-6 6-7 6-4 6-2 10-8.
– Like Seppi, Mischa Zverev came back from the dead to defeat John Isner 6-7 6-7 6-4 7-6 9-7.
– Sydney runner-up Dan Evans registers the biggest win of his career so far with a four-set victor over Marin Cilic.
– Matches to follow on day 4:
Naomi Osaka – Johanna Konta
Lucie Safarova – Serena Williams
Marcos Baghdatis – Rafael Nadal
Radek Stepanek -David Goffin
Benoît Paire – Fabio Fognini