Tennis

ATP World Tour: Nadal reigns in Spain whilst Rosol earns first title

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Rafael Nadal has won yet another title in Barcelona after beating fellow countryman Nicolas Almagro in straight sets. However, it was a tricky victory for the former world number one.

Nicolas Almagro whom has looked pumped up the whole week not dropping a single set entering the final, was off to a dream start as he quickly leaped into a 3-0 lead in the first set with a double break of serve.

Nadal did improve his game hugely from that point and began his comeback in the first set. “Nico” was probably reminded of the fact that he had never beaten Nadal in their nine previous meetings and the mental edge that Nadal had on his opponent proved to be very important as Nadal broke Almagro’s serve at 5-4 to close out the set.

Almagro tried to fight back early in the second set but when Nadal came up with some extraordinary shot making, the 28-year-old Spaniard could not string along anymore and was once again broken at 2-1. 

From there on, Nadal controlled the he rest of the game easily and sealed the match, as well as the title, 6-4 6-3. This was Rafa's eight ATP Barcelona Banc Sabadell trophy.

“I feel very happy to lift the trophy once again here in Barcelona. It means a lot especially after the difficult year I’ve had,” said Nadal after the match. 

“The conditions were very difficult today, especially in the first six games as it was raining a lot.” 

Almagro who felt disappointed about losing the final still claimed he reached his goal of the tournament. Which was playing the final in front of his family and friends on home ground.

“I feel okay after the match. I fought all week to be able to be in the final and I reached my goal," he said. 

“Once there, you want to win, so yes I feel a bit disappointed about it but I need to look at it positively and it’s been a great week for me overall. I felt great here all week with the crowd and all the people from the club.”

In another part of Europe, the ATP 250 event of Bucharest also came to an end on Sunday, with Lukas Rosol winning his first ATP-title. 

The Czech had an absolutely amazing week sending home several top seeds as well as last years winner Gilles Simon on his way to the final. He only lost one set during the whole tournament, in his second round match against third seed Andrea Seppi.

After sealing the victory 6-3 6-2 over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, in a match he was in charge of from the first point, Rosol became very emotional. 

In his speech post game he stunned the whole crowd by revealing that his father had passed away 10 days earlier, and that he dedicated this major victory to him.

“I wanted to dedicate this trophy to someone, so I found the energy,” said Rosol. 

“I felt somebody was helping me from up top. It’s not just about me. My family has always supported me and my tennis. I felt match after match my dream was coming true.

“It could not be better this week. I came here from a full two weeks of practice. I didn't know what to expect of myself. So I’m pretty satisfied with this result.

“I will remember this week. It was very emotional for me and is something special. I found a way to beat some good players and succeed.”

A very strong performance from the upcoming Czech, who mostly was known, and still is, as the one beating Nadal in Wimbledon last year through an epic five-setter. Now however, he is also an ATP-title holder. 

Next week Munich and Oeiras hosts the ATP competitions as the European clay court 2013 continues.


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