Rafa Nadal against Carreño in Barcelona / Getty Images
Rafa Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas They play today Sunday, at 4:00 p.m., a dream final at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell-Conde de Godó Trophy. It is the reissue of his duel of 2018, when the king of the land scared a young Greek debutante, winning 6-2 and 6-1.
Nadal, 34 years old and world No. 3, continues to be the almighty dominator on clay, although he only plays his third tournament of the season and reached the RCT Barcelona-1899 with the doubts generated by his bad game against Andrey Rublev in Monte Carlo.
A 12th Barcelona final awaits @RafaelNadal! 🙌
The Spaniard d. Carreno Busta 6-3 6-2 to set up a meeting with Stefanos Tsitsipas. # BCNOpenBS pic.twitter.com/7q96SFkaBW
– Tennis TV (@TennisTV) April 24, 2021
In the same ATP Masters 1000 that captured Tsitsipas, 22 years old and No. 5, taking a momentum that has extended to Barcelona. There are 9 games won, 17 sets in a row.
The first two seeds, facing each other. It will be their ninth confrontation, fourth on clay. In addition to the 2018 final at the Godó, they saw each other in Madrid and Rome 2019. Tsitsipas won the Caja Mágica 6-4, 2-6 and 6-3, taking revenge the following week Nadal, 6-3 and 6-4.
As a more recent antecedent, the comeback in February of the Hellenic in the quarters of the Australian Open, 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 and 7-5, leaving the record at 6-2 Nadal.