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Nadal and Murray march on in Barcelona

13 Mai 2017

Reigning champion Rafael Nadal will take on Dominic Thiem in the final of the Barcelona Open on Sunday (30 April).

By hitting the milestone at the Monte-Carlo Masters last weekend, Nadal became the first man in the Open era to win the same ATP Tour event 10 times. His run included a three-set victory over world No. 1 Andy Murray in the semifinals.

There was no let-up in the second set from Nadal, who broke the 23-year-old twice in a row before serving to wrap up his 51st tournament win on clay.

It was a close first set and a good quality of tennis - anything could have happened.

Nadal was superb in every match leading up to this final against Thiem and has not yet dropped a set at the 2017 Barcelona Open.

On Sunday, Nadal remained ideal in Barcelona finals, beating Dominic Thiem, 6-4, 6-1, for his 10th trophy on the court that was just named in his honor.

Thiem beat Nadal previous year on clay in the Argentina Open semi-finals.

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Thiem was broken in the beginning of both sets but powered his way to victory against Sugita, who was coming off wins against Tommy Robredo, Richard Gasquet, and Pablo Carreno Busta.

However, Mladenovic recovered level the match at 7-5 and went on to win the third 6-4 in two hours and 39 minutes.

The Scot faced a real battle to hold serve in the first game of the second set, but did so as it went with serve, albeit Thiem's holds were far more routine than his opponent's.

Nadal's last four opponent will be Argentina's Horacio Zeballos, who was a 6-4 6-1 victor over Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation.

Nadal has won so many titles in Barcelona, that the tournament even named its center court after him in time for the Spaniard to win the trophy on his own court, Pista Rafa Nadal.

Mladenovic, who ended Maria Sharapova's return from her doping ban on Saturday and Kerber's defense on Thursday, was going for her second title of 2017.

Nadal blasted a forehand victor for a break and a 3-1 lead, and he broke at love for 5-1 when Thiem cracked a forehand just long of the baseline.

Nadal and Murray march on in Barcelona