Nadal wins 10th title at Barcelona Open

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Rafael Nadal Beats Dominic Thiem to Lift 10th Barcelona Open Title

Rafael Nadal won his 10th Barcelona Open title on Sunday as he defeated Austria’s Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 for a 51st clay court crown.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nadal won in Barcelona between 2005 and 2009, 2011 and 2013 and now in the last two years.

Thiem had shocked world number one Andy Murray in Saturday’s semi-finals and showed some early resistance.

The world number nine even had his only break point of the match in the first game.

But Nadal, returning to top form at age 30, upped his intensity at the crucial moment and took the set with the only break in the 10th game.

The second set was a procession as Thiem’s frustration at his inability to break through Nadal’s defences saw him consistently fire long.

Thiem held off three break points in his opening service game, but was powerless to stop Nadal thereafter.

The Spaniard won the last five games to seal victory in just over 90 minutes on court.

He has made the perfect start to the clay court season and will aim for a 10th French Open next month.

Already, he has claimed his 10th title at the Monte Carlo Masters last week.