Rafael Nadal brushed aside Austria’s Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-1 to claim his record 10th Barcelona Open title on Sunday.
By Carlo Chikomba
The former world number one – fresh from becoming the first man in the Open era to win the same event 10 times at last week’s Monte Carlo Masters – was in scintillating form and made short work of Thiem.
The 30 year old has now won 10 consecutive matches and it just goes to show there is just no stopping the Spaniard as he will be aiming for his 10th French Open title next month.
The in-form tennis superstar played all of his matches on the renamed Rafa Nadal court at the Real Tennis Club, and ruthlessly dispatched Thiem in just 90 minutes.
The world number nine Thiem, who is no flash-in-the-pan having dismissed world number one Andy Murray in the semi-finals, claimed the first break point of the contest.
However, Nadal responded emphatically, breaking serve in the 10th game and claiming the first set, before breaking twice in a row in the second to seal the title on his favourite playing ground.
Just to underline his hot streak, Nadal has only been broken twice in his 47 service games throughout the week.
“It was a close first set and a good quality of tennis – anything could have happened,” said the Spaniard.
“But then I started playing at a very high level and Dominic probably started making a few more mistakes.”