Rafael Nadal defeated Pablo Carreno Busta in the semifinals of the Barcelona Open 2021, to progress into the finals. The Spaniard will now face the in-form, Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals. The Greek has won nine consecutive matches on clay courts, and claimed his first Masters title in Monte Carlo last week.
Rafael Nadal will hope to claim his 12th title in Barcelona, as he faces the NextGen star on Sunday. Last time, the two players clashed against each at the Australian Open, Tsitsipas won in five sets to progress into the semifinals. Nadal praised the Greek, and believes that this was the best he had seen the world number five play.
“It’s the best Tsitsipas I have seen. I have to push on his backhand in order not to let him dictate with his forehand. He is playing at a very high level. I do not know if I made enough steps forward in order to beat him,” said Rafael Nadal.
Rafael Nadal praises the Italian prodigy, Jannik Sinner
Rafael Nadal also praised the Italian, Jannik Sinner who was defeated by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals of the Barcelona Open. The Spaniard believes that Sinner has the right attitude and claimed that he would be at the top of the rankings for the next 10 years.
“Sinner works hard every day with the right attitude. He likes tennis. He is a good guy, I enjoy training with him. He will be at the top positions of the rankings for the next 10 years,” said Nadal.
Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas clashed against each other at the Barcelona Open 2018 in the finals. The Spaniard cruised past the Greek in straight sets, dropping just three games.