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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Rafael Nadal wins the Barcelona Open for an 11th time

World No 1 proves too good for Stefanos Tsitsipas as he canters to straight sets victory

Rafael Nadal is an 11-time champion in Spain. Albert Gea / Reuters
Rafael Nadal is an 11-time champion in Spain. Albert Gea / Reuters

Rafael Nadal has won the Barcelona Open final for an 11th time as the world No 1 dominated an one-sided encounter with Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Greek teenager Tsitsipas, 19, had been a surprise finalist at the tournament but it proved to be a match too far for him as Nadal cantered to a 6-2, 6-1 win.

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Two breaks in the first set put Nadal in charge and he broke three times in the second set, frustrating any attempt at a fight back from Tsitsipas as he saved break points on his own serve.

The victory keeps Nadal at No 1 in the world ranking as he retained his title and followed up his victory in Monte Carlo last week.

Nadal will next head to the Madrid Open, which begins on May 7, where he is again the defending champion.