Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Rafael Nadal - 2021 Barcelona Open Final
Sunday, April 25th 2021
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Rafael Nadal (1) meets Stefanos Tsitsipas (2) in the final of the 2021 Barcelona Open on Sunday, April 25th 2021.
Will Stefanos Tsitsipas be able to cause yet another shocking upset against Rafael Nadal or will the King of Clay get revenge for his shocking loss to Tsitsipas earlier this year at the Australian Open?
Stefanos Tsitsipas was more handed a spot in the Final here in Barcelona than fighting to deserve it. Jannik Sinner, his opponent in the semi finals, just did not show up to play well on Saturday, continuously making silly errors and giving Tsitsipas easy points to win whilst not converting on his own chances to get ahead in both sets early on. Tsitsipas should count his lucky stars and he should know that he needs to ensure he plays better on Sunday as he will not be handed anything easily against the king of these courts, Rafael Nadal.
Rafael Nadal destroyed his fellow Spaniard, Pablo Carreno Busta, in straight sets 6-3/6-2, showing everyone that he is improving with every match he is playing this year. Rafael Nadal knows that he is not at his highest level, but he is putting in the hard work to ensure he wins here on Sunday and is at his best for the next few tournaments next month which he wants to win, especially the French Open. Rafael Nadal will also be very determined to get revenge on Stefanos Tsitsipas as he wants to show the young gun that his win at the Australian Open was just a lucky win.
This is going to be the 9th meeting between both players, with the King of Clay having won 6 matches and lost 2. The last time Tsitsipas beat Nadal, Nadal came back in their next encounter so determined to destroy the young gun. Here, I expect the exact same. Rafael Nadal is in his home country, in one of his favourite tournaments, and on the court which is even named after him. Stefanos Tsitsipas is nowhere near the level of Nadal when he is at his best, and I expect the King of Clay to come out at his best on Sunday.