Top seeds Rafael Nadal and Stefaons Tsitsipas are meeting in the Barcelona final. Will the Spaniard succeed in defeating the sensational Tsitsipas?
We have a top final in Barcelona. The two favourites managed to get to the last act. For Nadal there were some emotions in the first rounds, against Ilya Ivashka and Kei Nishikori. In each of these matches, Rafa lost one set, which kind of told us that Nadal could be eliminated in the next round. It didn’t happen, and the Spaniard seems to have recovered to a better shape. In the quarterfinals and semifinals, he won without any problems.
Tsitsipas, on the other hand, had a perfect run. He has not lost a set and has always shown that he is in control of the situation. Interesting at Tsitsipas is this year’s course in Barcelona is that he only played against the best players of his generation.
Jannik Sinner, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alex de Minaur are all from the same generation as Stefanos, and the Greek has shown that he can easily defeat them. The biggest test is now in the final, because Nadal is definitely the best clay player of all time.
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Can Tsitsipas win against Nadal, again?
In the 2021 season, Tsitsipas clearly had a better run than Nadal. But we must also admit that the Greek has played in more tournaments. Specifically, Tsitsipas played five more tournaments than Nadal. But there is no question of fatigue at Tsitsipas. Rather, it is a test of concentration.
After the success in Monte Carlo, he has to prove to himself that he can win two big, consecutive tournaments. In other words, Tsitsipas must prove that he has the fabric of a great champion.
The last meeting between the two took place at the Australian Open. Stefanos Tsitsipas was the winner (in five sets) after Nadal seemed to have recovered in the match. It was a dramatic and spectacular match.
Rafael Nadal vs Stefaons Tsitsipas Prediction
Nadal is the bookmaker’s favorite. The reasons for this choice are many: the Spaniard plays a tournament that he has won 11 times, is in his native country and plays on his favourite surface. So there are plenty of reasons to see him a winner for the 12th time.
But following Tsitsipas this season, all the reasons listed above become extraordinary motivations for the Greek. A success against Nadal in such conditions is even more motivating. And even more important.
Our prediction is: if Tsitsipas wins a set, he will win the match. It’s hard to predict a winner before the match starts in such a well balanced clash.
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