Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Nadal wins Barcelona #11

Another week, another record. As if winning one tournament eleven times wasn't enough, Rafa Nadal repeats his achievement last week at Monte Carlo when he took home the Barcelona title for the 11th time. That is just astounding.

By winning the title, Nadal manages to retain his very slim 100 point lead over Federer to remain at the top of the rankings for another week. This is also his 77th title, putting him on equal fourth place (in a tie with John McEnroe) for most singles titles won. By winning the Barcelona title without dropping a set, Nadal extends his current streak to 19 wins on clay and a whopping 46 straight sets won on clay. That he does this when he is 31 years old on a surface that is arguably the most physically taxing on a player is just absolutely extaordinary.

I don't want to get my hopes up too high for the French Open but I'm hoping Nadal can maintain or even improve upon his current form. Congratulations Rafa on your 11th Barcelona title!

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