Rafael Nadal wins Barcelona Open
Rafael Nadal wins Barcelona Open for the Eighth Time. World no.5 Rafael Nadal has become the first man in tennis
history to win two ATP tournaments for at least 8 times. when he overwhelmed his countryman Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the Barcelona Open in an hour and 32 minutes. The victory also gave Rafa his 4th crown of 2013 and the 54th of his career.
Nicolas Almagro raced to a 3-0 lead in the opening set against the King of Clay Rafael Nadal gave the tennis fraternity something to think. The defending champion Rafael Nadal was rattled by the velocity and the venom of Almagro’s ground-strokes. The world no.12 Nicolas Almagro backhand in particular was right on the money as he was taking the Nadal forehand on by putting on extra-top spin on his favorite stroke.
However Rafa came right back as Almagro lost his intensity and on the contrary the 11 times Grand Slam holder raised his level and began to produce the kind of tennis the fans generally associate with him. A spectacular half volley by the 26 year old gave him a sniff of a chance to break the Almagro serve for the second time. His task was made simpler by Almagro as he handed the break to Nadal on the platter by committing a double-fault. The break meant that both players had traded the first six games of the match – whilst Nico won the first three, Rafa responded by taking the following three.
With the momentum on his side Nadal kick-started the second set with a solid hold and then attacked the 4th seed’s serve in the consequent game. He got the desired results as Almagro trailed him 40-0 before Almagro eventually scraped through to hold and level the score at game apiece. Nonetheless in the 4th game Nadal got his wish fulfilled as forced Almagro on the backfoot to earn a break-point for himself which he duly took by forcing his adversary to hit a false stroke in the rally.
the “King of Clay” never put his foot off the gas and apart from his forehand and his movement he showcased his deft touch at the net by executing a number of amazing drop-volleys that took Almagro by surprise many a times. That one break was all that he needed in that set as after a little while he served out the set and the match without any trouble whatsoever.