Nadal met Tsitsipas in the final of the Barcelona Open

Jakarta (medialnews) – Rafael Nadal beat fellow countryman Pablo Carreno Busta to claim his ticket to the Barcelona Open final for the 12th time, where he will face Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Greek tennis star who toppled the Spaniard after two sets behind. Australia this year.

Nadal, Saturday’s first and eleven-time champion in Barcelona, ​​spent 90 minutes in an easy 6-3, 6-2 win over world champion number 13 Carreno Busta.

It was Nadal’s eighth win over the 29-year-old who teamed him up in the Davis Cup and his 65th in Barcelona.

“Tomorrow is going to be tough. Stefanos may be playing better than ever,” said Nadal, who broke four times and hit 13 forehand winners in the semifinals.

“Never lost a set in Monte Carlo and here, so he will be the strongest opponent out there. I hope I’m ready. It’s going to be tough, but I have to be willing to raise my level and we’ll see.” . “

“I am very happy to be back here in the final, at a historic event, an event at home and an important event for me.”

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Nadal defeated Tsitsipas in the 2018 final of Barcelona, ​​but then world number five beat Nadal on clay in the semi-finals of Madrid 2019.

The 22-year-old Greek came from two sets behind to beat Nadal in the last eight of the Australian Open in February.

Tsitsipas, Masters 1000 champion in Monte Carlo last week, won his second consecutive final ticket in Barcelona after knocking out young Italian Jannik Sinner 6-3 6-3 in the semi-final.

“It feels great to be back in the final. I will get rid of myself from the last game,” said Tsitsipas as quoted by AFP.

Tsitsipas converts only one in six breaking point in the first set, but that’s enough to steal two break from Sinner to end the match.

Tsitsipas now has a streak of nine wins without losing a set.

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Reporter: Aditya Eko Sigit Wicaksono
Editor: Jafar M Sidik

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