PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal to face Dominic Thiem in Barcelona Open final

Rafael Nadal reached the final of the Barcelona Open for the tenth time by beating Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 6-4 this afternoon.

The nine-time and reigning champion needed just an hour and 34 minutes to see off the Argentine and set up a final against Dominic Thiem, who defeated World No. 1 Andy Murray 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in a high quality affair in the Spanish metropolis.

After the match, Rafa said he “wasn’t surprised” by Thiem’s first win over Murray in three attempts.:

Thiem is a specialist on clay, one of the best in the world. It will be a tough match for me, but I am just happy to be back in the final. (via AP)

Rafa is going for back-to-back tournament successes having also won in Monte Carlo last week.  Sunday’s final will be his fifth of the season for our champ as he primes his clay-court game for Roland Garros in a month.

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20 thoughts on “PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal to face Dominic Thiem in Barcelona Open final

  1. Margo

    So happy not to have read through all the spam as in previous matches.

    CONGRATULATIONS RAFA, I HOPE I HAVE TO KEEP SAYING IT.

    YOU ARE THE ONLY STAR!!!!

    YES, RAFA ROCKS

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  2. Margo

    A win today at Barcelona will add to your other nine wins and showcase another historic achievement for you, Rafa. Your second DÉCIMA.

    WISHING YOU A WIN

    RAFA ROCKS

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  3. diane kuriloff

    All the best to you, Rafa in yet, another final this year. How wonderful for you and your team!
    Thiem is a super-hungry and tough competitor but so are you. I look forward to you doing battle and playing with your point-by-point mentality, compassion and relentless spirit.as always!
    Vamos, Rafa!


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  4. Ana the biggest fan to Rafa

    Well don Rafa the king of clay.we love your fans for ever .good luck tomorrow🎾🎾🎾🎾👍👍👍🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸❤️😃😃😃

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  5. Rafantastic

    Congratulations sweet Rafa and good luck on your 10.th tomorrow 🍀 I’m voting for you champ 💖

    VAMOOS!! 🎾💪🏼😘

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    1. Margo

      Your imoji artistry is second only to your enthusiasm for Rafa. Imoji on, Rafantastic. Please make something special for Rafa’s Barcelona DÉCIMA, if you have the time.

      RAFA ROCKS

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    2. Rafantastic

      Thanks so much Margo 🤗🌷

      Go get it Rafa❣️🇪🇸 🔟 🎉🏆🌟🤴🏻💕

      VAMOS CHAMP! 🎾💪🏼😅👊🏼🐂🍀❤️

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      1. Rafantastic

        Thx. 💁🏼😁😉

        Counting down for the finals…
        C’MON RAFA! ❤️🎾🏆🤞🏻🍀

        💖🅰️Ⓜ️🏵S❣️

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      2. Margo

        And they’re on as you know. FIRST POINT OF MATCH TO RAFA. He loves that. May Rafa continue in this mode!

        RAFA ROCKS

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  6. va4favre

    Congrats on a good win Rafa, but Thiem will be a stiff challenge if he plays his best. You will need to play your best too, but we know you can. Your fans want a second La Decima for you.

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    1. Margo

      As Rafa said, “I can’t think about Roland Garros now.” Or something like that. 🤔

      One tournament at a time. He never gets ahead of himself. Smart dude!

      RAFA ROCKS

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