Rafael Nadal is happy that the final of the tennis tournament in Barcelona against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas lasted so long. “I haven’t been able to play many competitive matches in recent months.
It is true that races like today make me feel better physically and I am better prepared for marathon matches,” said the Spaniard after his victory 6-4 6-7 (6) 7-5.
The match lasted 3 hours and 38 minutes and was the most extended-lasting final on the ATP Tour (over two sets won) since the statistics were compiled in 1991. “I think I got better and better in every game all week,” said Nadal. “I have room to keep improving. I was not perfect.”
The 34-year-old Nadal hopes to win the Roland Garros grand slam tournament for the fourteenth time in June.
At the beginning of May, the Madrid Open is the next tournament in which he participates. “I really believe that I can play better on clay than I do now, and I hope that this victory will help me to improve my level.”