Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem, Barcelona Open final

Ross Houston
May 15, 2017

On Sunday Nadal repeated the feat at Barcelona, defeating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 for his 10th career title at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

Thiem had his moments, but the king of clay once again triumphed and he's further strengthened his claims to lift a 10th French Open title.

The five-time Grand Slam champion will next face Kristina Mladenovic of France, who overcame Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-3, 6-2.

Elsewhere, British number four Aljaz Bedene beat Serb Laslo Djere 6-2 6-4 to reach the Hungarian Open final.

Zeballos is trying to reach his first ATP final since a title run in Vina del Mar four years ago.


"I'm obviously exhausted, but that's why it was important for me to get matches, especially ones like today", Murray said.

There was no let-up in the second set from Nadal, who broke the 23-year-old twice in a row before serving to wrap up his 51st tournament win on clay.

"In that last game, I missed a couple shots I shouldn't have", said Murray. "Anything could have happened, but then I started playing at a very high level in the second set and Dominic probably started making a few more mistakes".

"It's the first win [over a world No 1], so it's really something special", Thiem said.

Nadal had to save a break point in the opening game of the match but was able to quell Thiem's bright start.


The Spaniard broke at 4-4 in the decisive set but failed to serve out the match.

Thiem shocked the world after he defeated world no.1 Murray in the semi-finals, which was his first win over a world no.1 and Nadal is expecting a tough match.

Nadal and Thiem have met on three occassions with all of their encounters coming on clay courts.

The Scot appeared to have turned the tide after levelling the match and going up an early break in the decider, but Thiem was rewarded for his aggressive and accurate play, and he can now look forward to a final with nine-time champion Rafael Nadal or Horacio Zeballos.

"I knew he was in great shape after beating three great players before me", Thiem said. Murray responded and upped his concentration in the second set by committing less unforced errors and engaging in elongated rallies with Thiem.


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