Spaniard Rafael Nadal saved the match point on his way to beating Greece’s Stefanos Tsetsipas in the final of the Barcelona tennis tournament on Sunday to claim his 12th title in the tournament.
Nadal decided the match in his favor in two groups against one, by 6-4, 6-7 and 7-5 within three hours and 38 minutes, in the longest tennis match so far in the Professional League competitions in 2021.
This first title of “Matador” this year and the 87th in his professional career, depriving Tsitsipas of a second title in succession a week after winning his first title in the Masters tournaments for a thousand points in Monte Carlo at the expense of Russian Andrei Rublev.
Nadal avenged his loss to the Greek in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, the first of the Grand Slam championships, last February, and he will return to the second world classification tomorrow, Monday, at the expense of Russian Daniel Medvedev, who did not participate due to his infection with the Corona virus.
“It is a daily work, to accept the challenge and remain humble when you do not play well sometimes, as you have to fight and search for solutions daily,” said the Spanish star, who achieved his 61st title on clay.
Nadal did not lose a final in Barcelona, where he won the title 12 times from 12 attempts, to be his second best record in a single session after Roland Garros (13 records).
This is the second time that Nadal beats Tsitsipas in the Barcelona final after 2018, to achieve his seventh victory at the expense of the Greek in direct confrontations between them, in exchange for two for Tsetsiabis.
Tsitsipas had a chance to win the title when he was 5-4 ahead in the third set, and 30-40 in the tenth game when Nadal was sent, but the latter maintained his composure and saved the opportunity and decided the game in his favor before breaking the Greek’s service in the next and ending the match upon his service. .