After not winning a tournament in 2017, Rafa Nadal has now won two in a row at the start of the clay court swing as he backed up his triumph in Monte Carlo last week with victory in Barcelona this week.
Spain’s Nadal met with Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the final of the ATP World Tour 500 tournament in Barcelona and was unstoppable as he cruised home in straight sets.
The opening stanza was a tight affair as Nadal only took it by breaking Thiem’s serve when leading at 5-4. However, one sensed that Thiem was hanging-on and also that Nadal had a few gears he could kick into if required.
In the second set that is exactly what the ‘King Of Clay’ did. He converted two break points out of five and won the second 6-1 as he played at an intensity that Thiem simply could not live with.
Nadal is now 30-years-of-age but his movement on his favourite surface was that of a teenager.
He slid into shots and chased down balls with ease and grace and looks like the obvious favourite to lift the Roland Garros trophy in June.
This title was his 10th in Barcelona, quite some achievement.