Yesterday, Rafael Nadal, who is also listed in our Prize Money of ATP Top 5 Male article, won his second Décima of the week, following his comfortable 6-4, 6-1 victory over Austrian World Number 9 Dominic Thiem at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Earlier in the week, he additionally conquered the clay in Monte Carlo for the tenth time. TennisTrumpet then decided to take the opportunity to cast their minds back to some of Rafa’s most memorable final victories at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona.
2005: Rafael Nadal (8) bt Juan Carlos Ferrero (SE) 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-3
12 years ago, a certain 18-year-old by the name of Rafael Nadal would become champion for the first time at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona. Back in 2005 the finals were contested over best of 5 sets, which was no problem for a supremely fit Nadal, winning in straight sets over his countryman Juan Carlos Ferrero. Having already won his first masters title a week earlier in Monte Carlo, the 2005 clay court season would prove to be a break out one for Rafa as he later landed his first Grand Slam title on the Parisian clay.
Photo: AP/PTI Photo – Rafael Nadal lifting for the first time the Trofeo Conde de Godo.
2008: Rafael Nadal (1) bt David Ferrer (2) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
By the time we get to 2008, we had best of 3 set finals. The 2008 victory for Rafa is the only final in which he has dropped a set, never mind being pushed to a final set, such is his dominance in Catalonia’s cultural capital. The 2008 showpiece match would be the first of 4 finals that the “King of Clay” would win against David Ferrer at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. As previously mentioned, this would be the closest Ferrer got to overcoming his compatriot at the tournament. It wasn’t all bad for Ferrer though as he took home €71,700 and 420 ranking points for his efforts.
2012: Rafael Nadal (1) bt David Ferrer (3) 7-6(1), 7-5
Another year, another all Spanish shoot-out, another Nadal Ferrer final. Nadal would triumph in the 2012 version in two tightly contested sets as Ferrer pushed Nadal to the bitter end of both. Now, get prepared for an overload of stats related to the number 7! His seventh success in Barcelona only served to strengthen his confidence in a week where he ended a seven-match losing streak against Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo. Nadal would eventually triumph over the Serbian at Roland Garros for also the seventh time. And for David Ferrer? We are sorry to say that the long-time runner-up at Barcelona to this day hasn’t won at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona. However, 2012 did bring some positive news as he got some richly deserved silverware by winning his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Paris.
2017: Rafael Nadal (3) bt Dominic Thiem (4) 6-4, 6-1
It probably wasn’t the most entertaining final, despite an incredible point won by Dominic Thiem after some instinctive reactions at the net to return a smash. However, it will surely live long in the memory banks of the Catalan crowd as they saw Nadal ease past Thiem to get his hands on the Trofeo Conde de Godo for the 10th time. In the year that the main tournament court was renamed Pista Rafael Nadal, it seemed fitting that Nadal would end up victorious. The only question that remains is can he make it a triple décima in 2017 by being the last man standing at Roland Garros in a few weeks’ time?
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