Rafa Nadal notches eighth Barcelona win
The weather in Barcelona wasn't ideal. Rain delayed matches and soaked the clay courts at the ATP Barcelona Open. What's more, tennis legend and PokerStars favorite Rafa Nadal was coming off a runner-up finish at the Monte Carlo Masters. It was a situation where Rafa could've been forgiven for phoning it in.
He did not.
When it came time for the finals in Barcelona, rain continued to fall on Nadal and finalist Nicolas Almagro. Fans sat under umbrellas to see how the King of Clay would fair on home soil. They didn't have to sit for long.
It took Nadal less than two hours to dispatch Almagro. After a slow start, Nadal rallied to win the first set 6-4. Warmed up and dialed in, Nadal crushed Almagro 6-3 in the second set. The victory marked Nadal's eighth win in Barcelona in nine years.
Getting to the win was no easy task for Rafa. Due to rain delays, Rafa was forced to play (and win) two matches in one day before making it to the finals. Once he made it to Sunday play, Nadal made it clear he didn't want to stand in the rain for long.
It had been ten years since Nadal lost in Barcelona. He made sure that didn't happen again.
Congrats, Rafa, on another great performance.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging