Stefanos Tsitsipas goes into the Barcelona Open off the back of a maiden Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo. The Greek believes the 2018 Barcelona Open is the tournament that kicked off his ATP journey. Fresh off his maiden Masters 1000 title Monte Carlo, Tsitsipas is hungry for more.
Tsitsipas made the final in Barcelona back in 2018 as a 19-year-old, before losing in the final to none other than Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-1, the Spaniard’s 11th and most recent title in the Catalan capital. It may have been a convincing defeat but being in his first ATP final at the age of 19, Barcelona means a lot to Tsitsipas
Speaking about his win in Monte Carlo, he said “It feels like a very big moment. It’s in the back of my head that I really enjoy the feeling this title gave me, and I’ve wanted this for a long time.”
When he spoke about the Barcelona Open, world No.5 had a lot of positive things to say. “My first final here was the beginning of my journey on the ATP Tour and I had a great run. I would say back then I was 18, 19 years old. I just got introduced to the ATP Tour and having a run like this was at the top of my appearances. It didn’t go my way, but I think I learned a lot from that match.”
Tsitsipas also had a few words to say about Rafael Nadal,” he [Nadal] seems to be liking the conditions here in Barcelona, so it’s quite amazing. The 11 titles that he has had here in Barcelona [are] very inspiring. I really hope I can get half of that one day.”
Can Stefanos Tsitsipas surpass Rafael Nadal in Barcelona?
There is a reason why Nadal is referred to as the “The King of Clay”. His record in every clay-court tournament is nothing short of unreal. Nadal has won 11 titles in Barcelona, so Tsitsipas is aiming to win at least 5 titles here. A tall task indeed.
Considering Nadal is also in Barcelona this week, the young Greek will be looking for some revenge for the 2018 defeat. It will motivate the Spaniard to claim a record 12th Barcelona Open after a disappointing showing in Monte Carlo. Tennis fans will look forward to a Nadal-Tsitsipas final. We can look at it as a passing of the torch, maybe?
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