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Unstoppable Rafael Nadal wins 10th Barcelona title

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Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal cruised to a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Austria's Dominic Thiem in the Barcelona Open final on Sunday, winning his 10th title at the clay-court event.

In a battle of top 10 players, world No.5 Nadal took out the world No.9 in just 90 minutes. After becoming the first player in the Open Era to win 10 Monte Carlo Masters titles, Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam champion, repeated the feat just seven days later in Barcelona.

Nadal shared after his triumph, "I'm very satisfied. It's been an emotional day for me. Playing in front of my crowd and my club and winning a 10th title here is something that's impossible to even dream of. It's very special and unique. I played my best match of the tournament this afternoon against probably the toughest opponent in the tournament, so I'm very happy."

A gracious Thiem shared after the match, "He was hitting to my backhand and I couldn't really come out of it. The next time I play him I have to change something. He didn't hit many unforced errors and give me any free points. It's difficult for any player in the world against him. I'm not used to playing two of the greatest players in two days. It was a great experience for me. It was two really good days for me and my game."

30-year-old Nadal's performance at the start of the 2017 tennis season has been second only to that of 35-year-old Swiss great Roger Federer. The nine-time French Open champion has come up short at the final stage three times already this season, including losses to arch-rival Federer in the Australian Open and Miami Open finals.

The Barcelona Open is one of the tune-up events for the French Open, which gets underway on May 22.

Singles - Final

[3] R. Nadal (ESP) d [4] D. Thiem (AUT) 64 61

Doubles - Final

F. Mergea (ROU) / A. Qureshi (PAK) d [PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) 64 63