The Spaniard Rafael Nadal won his 12th title on the Spanish clay-court of the Barcelona Open. Sixteen years have passed since the first time. Sixteen years since the title that had allowed him to break the Top 10 wall for the first time.
Yet after having eaten almost everything, Rafael Nadal has not lost his hunger yet. After three hours and thirty-seven minutes of play, the Spanish champion manages to break down the resistance of Stefanos Tsitsipas and grab the title in Barcelona for the twelfth time in his career.
In the remake of the final dated 2018 (the rematch of the fourth in Melbourne Park) Rafa actually manages to win the first set by recovering a late break. The Spaniard does not take advantage of a handful of match points in the tenth game of the second set, but at the end of a side-by-side marathon (in which he too finds himself forced to cancel a championships point) he delivers the decisive push at the foot of the jeu decisif.
6-4 6-7 (6) 7-5 the final result. The number three in the world grabs the title number eighty-one in his career, the sixty-first on red and the sixteenth at the five hundred level, with his eyes obviously turned to Madrid, Rome and Paris.
Matteo Berrettini won the ATP Belgrade 2021, after beating Aslan Karatsev in the final. Fresh from the successes of Marco Cecchinato, Filip Krajinovic and Taro Daniel, Berrettini defeated Aslan Karatesev and added victory number four to the title collection.
Above all, it chases away the controversy after months, months and months of problems. Despite an absolutely poor first set of problems, the Roman finds himself dealing with a very good version of Karatsev. Fresh, should it be necessary to remember, from the victory against Novak Djokovic.
Berrettini does not take advantage of a break advantage during the deciding set, he does not even take advantage of a match point at the foot of the tie break, but closes with a 7-0 break. The 6-1 3-6 7-6 (0) that he matures on the threshold of two and a half hours of play is practically a logical consequence.
WTAs in Stuttgart and Istanbul
Thanks to her third consecutive comeback, Ashleigh Barty has won the eleventh trophy of her extraordinary career. After beating Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina in three sets, respectively in the quarter-finals and in the semifinals, the Australian champion also managed to hypnotize Aryna Sabalenka, who was also affected by a problem in her right leg, in the last act of the prestigious WTA Stuttgart 2021.
In the first set, Barty did not manage in the best way the power and explosiveness of her opponent. The Belarusian bravely canceled three break points, one in the opening game and two in the fifth, before breaking Barty's serve on a score of 4-3, thanks to the badly played drop shot by the world number one, and going to serve for the set.
In the game of truth, Sabalenka did not tremble and closed the set with a winning serve. The second set instead saw only one player on the pitch and lasted just 20 minutes. Barty limited the free games, varied her game perfectly and closed the second set 6-0 winning 25 of the 35 total points.
At the WTA Istanbul 2021, Sorana Cirstea surprised the number one the seeding Elise Mertens in the final. The Romanian tennis player left the crumbs to her opponent in the first set, which she closed by losing only one game, in addition to serving.
In the second, the Belgian raised the level and snatched Cirstea's serve in the fourth game. The positive moment of Mertens ended on the most beautiful of her, when at 5-3 she lost her serve to zero. Cirstea then won the next two games and earned the chance to serve for the match; chance wasted bitterly.
In the tie-break, however, the Romanian managed the tension and definitively extinguished Mertens' hopes. After 13 years from her first title, Cirstea concluded her journey in Turkey with an important success.