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Home sweet home: Nadal caps historic run in Spain


Rafael Nadal’s history-making run for the month of April was fittingly completed in his native Spain.

A week after capturing a record 10th title at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, Nadal made a wondrous feat again, this time in the Barcelona Open.

His latest win was a record10th trophy in the tournament and Nadal was completely, and of course gratified, he did it on home soil.

He walloped Dominic Thiem in the final, 6-4, 6-1, quashing the Austrian’s bid for another giant upset after he conquered world No. 1 Andy Murray in the semi-final.

There was no way he could beat Nadal though.

In notching a 10-0 mark in Barcelona finals, Nadal has dropped just one set.

To prove he is indeed the “King of Clay,’’ he notched a 71st tour-level crown and 51st on his favourite playing surface, unleashing 14 winners and saving the lone break point he faced.

After Thiem claimed the first break point of the contest, Nadal broke serve in the 10th game to win the first set. Nadal broke twice in succession in the second to wrap up the contest. He was only broken twice in his 47 service games throughout the week.

“I’m very satisfied. It’s been an emotional day for me. Playing in front of my crowd and my club and winning a 10th title here is something that’s impossible to even dream of. It’s very special and unique,” said Nadal.

In a span of two weeks, the Spanish ace became the first player to win 10 titles at a tour-level tournament in Monte Carlo and mirror the feat on clay in Barcelona.

Showing his formidable form on clay, he has so far ruled 20 of 21 sets on his Europe’s clay courts.

Alongside his historic achievements, Nadal also picked up 500 points in the Emirates ATP Rankings, moving closer to long-time Swiss rival Roger Federer at World No. 4.

Rafa likewise moved to within 300 points of Federer in the season-long Emirates ATP Race To London where the two tennis legends will lead the list of hopefuls for the ATP Finals at The O2 in London.

And of course, he padded his bank account with a total earnings of €464,260 in prize money.

With the loss, world No. 9 Thiem dropped to 8-4 in ATP World Tour finals. He earned 300 Emirates ATP Rankings points and brought home €227,585.