Pain in Spain for Andy Murray with Barcelona Open semi-final loss

Ross Houston
May 13, 2017

The King of Clay completed the second part of his "Triple Decima" quest as he outplayed the fourth seed Dominic Thiem, 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell in the Catalan capital on Sunday.

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal celebrates with his trophy after winning Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem at the end of the ATP Barcelona Open "Conde de Godo" tennis tournament final in Barcelona on Monday.

Nine-time Barcelona Open champion Rafael Nadal meets South Korea's Hyeon Chung later on Friday to set up a semi-final with wither Russia's Karen Khachanov or Argentine Horacio Zeballos.

"Playing in front of my crowd and my club and winning a 10th title here is something that's impossible to even dream of", Nadal said.

He was never troubled by Thiem - who eliminated World No 1 Andy Murray in the previous round - easing to a straight sets win on the court that now bears his name.

Murray comfortably won the tiebreaker from a 4-0 lead, but he only got there after saving seven break points and converting all three he had against Ramos-Vinolas.

The 30-year-old Nadal's performance at the start of the 2017 tennis season has been second only to that of 35-year-old Swiss great Roger Federer.

"It was quite windy out there and hard to get into a rhythm but I got three matches in three days against different types of player, which will be good for me".

Nadal, who first won the title in 2005, said: "I'm very satisfied".

Thiem would manage a hold to level at a game apiece in the second set but Nadal would soon take over, reeling off the final five games to secure the title in 90 minutes. "He had chances in the first set and I'm happy that I started to play better after the first six games". He has all the right things to be a good player.

Murray started badly as he was broken in the first game of the match, gifting Thiem the advantage with a tame forehand into the net.

The only time when Thiem came up with some brutal hitting to counter Rafa was in the second game.

Ramos-Vinolas is in the form of his life having risen to a career-high ranking after reaching the final in Monte Carlo.

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