PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Stefanos Tsitsipas to win 12th Barcelona Open title

Top seed Rafael Nadal extended his record number of Barcelona titles to 12 as he brushed off a slow start and shaky finish of the second set to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-7 on Sunday. It was Rafa’s second victory against Tsitsipas in the Barcelona Open final.

Our champ now has 87 titles overall while his career clay-court match record stands at 448 wins against just 41 defeats.

The victory, which took three hours 38 minutes, gave Rafa his 61st clay-court title and came against an in-form opponent who had won his maiden Masters crown in Monte Carlo last week.

“Winning the trophy here means a lot,” said Rafa who had only lost one set in 11 previous finals in the Spanish city.

“I have been increasing my level and this was an important victory for me.”

Four years ago, the centre court was renamed in the Spaniardโ€™s honour as โ€˜Pista Rafa Nadal. No player has won an ATP 500-level tournament on more occasions.

49 comments

  1. Ana Maria the biggest fan ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽพโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ says:

    Rafa well don vamosssssss champ you were so good the King of Clay ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽพ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ

  2. Bravo Rafa! Over 3 1/2 hours mental and physical torture : you truly are the King of Clay ! Exactly 16 years to the day you defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero at the age of 18 for your first Barcelona title : you are now a 12- time Champion! Your fans are so proud of you : Vamos Rafa and thank you !

  3. You found the bull attitude in you!!! Good!! You stayed the course and did not buckle. I saw the determined face, the grit, and I knew the Rafa I know is working fhe best hecan! Well done,Rafa. Vamos worked well!!!๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. To all the โ€˜trueโ€ Rafa fans, enjoy Rafaโ€™s hard fought and well deserved victory!๐Ÿฅฐ
    Best wishes to an amazing champion always!โค๏ธ

  5. Just as everyone is saying it was an incredible match and our Champ is amazing x. 100. Rafa had to battle not only S. T. but also his own double faults, mistakes and nerves. It looked like the story of the day would be heart break after the second set but Rafa was determined to win.

    This is not only another trophy for the Academy museum but much more. Rafa’s confidence is back. He will be the favorite for Roland Garros. His serve will continue to improve. Rafa will probably over take Medvedev for No. 2 via Madrid and Rome. Rafa beat one of the best on tour this year and a top five ranked player. His record of winning a championship each calendar year in intact.

    Rafa still has work to do but he’s well on his way. I think his performance in tie breaks will improve with his serve.

    Good Luck in Madrid Rafa!

  6. So wonderful to see Rafa winn such a close match against such a strong opponent. Congrats so many times – Rafa ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†

  7. What an amazing victory. Super match, match points came and went. Tough on the nerves. Both played great tennis. Rafa showed mental strength when 0/40 down for Stefanos to win. Bravo Rafa, absolutely thrilled for him. Such a champion. Raftans all over the world join in celebration of an extraordinary champion.

  8. Applause! What a match! Well done Rafa for hanging in there and toughing this one out.

    Wow wow wow!

  9. Phew! I can breathe again. Well done Rafa. A sweet victory ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

  10. congratulations nadal. your 87 title hopefully you will be able to surpass lendl who is at 94

  11. Congratulations RAFA for a hard fought battle! I love how you never give up and keep fighting! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿฅฐ

  12. Congratulations to all dear Rafans…Phew what a grit, what determination by both Gladiators…Love you Rafa n congratulations on a huge win after such a long time…You are a real champion
    Onto the Madrid open
    #12thBarcelonaopentitle

  13. Yeahh, amazing! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅณ Huge Congrats, Rafa Champ ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ – VAMOS!! ๐ŸŽพ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  14. That is a very special win for Rafa, considering how he was last week and the abilities of Tsistsipas. Wow, what a match! It was impossible to predict how it would end but it’s so good to see that Rafaโ€™s fight is as strong as ever. Congratulations Rafa!!

  15. What a match. Wow, wow, wow. So happy for Rafa. Take rest and keep confidence out of it. Vamos Rafaโค๏ธ

  16. ENHORABUENA!! Rafa, partido de infarto, gracias por el partido qie habรฉis ofrecido, GRANDE RAFA, SIEMPRE CONTIGO OOOO!!!!!

  17. Vamooooooosssssssss!!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ, well done our champion,i knew it, I knew it!!!
    Sabรญa que ganarรญas, te lo mereces!!!
    ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป.
    ORGULLOSOS DE Tร RAFA, SIEMPRE ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Œ

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