Last week in Barcelona, Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas produced one of the best matches of the season. The Spaniard held his nerve to topple the Greek in three tight sets to win a record 12th title in Barcelona.
The duo battled on court for 3 hours and 38 minutes, as the Spaniard won 6-4, 6-7 and 7-5. In his post match speech, the Greek acknowledged Nadal for his fighting spirit and his unbelievable feat in Barcelona over the years.
A net cord in favor of Nadal on Tsitsipas’s match point denied the Greek a chance to beat the ‘King of Clay’ in his den. “I was literally two centimeters away from the title. I missed a big chance. Rafa hates losing more than anyone else, he is the best competitor,” said the 22-year old.
Tsitsipas admits that he could have taken a bit more risk against Nadal
Ahead of the Madrid Open, Tsitsipas reflects the things he could have done differently against Nadal in Barcelona. He said that he was too passive and could’ve done a few unpredictable things.
He said: “I have to go for more. Sometimes I was too passive. I could have risked a bit more. I could have done few more unpredictable things.”
Tsitsipas will compete in Madrid next week and will go in as one of the strongest contenders to challenge Nadal for the title. He is seeded fourth in the tournament and will face the winner of Benoit Paire and Nikoloz Basilashvili.