• October 2, 2023

Barcelona Open: Rafael Nadal beats Pablo Carreno Busta to reach 12th final

Nadal has won 65 career matches at the Barcelona Open and lost only four

Rafael Nadal defeated his compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3 and 6-2 and reached his 12th Barcelona Open final.

The win sets up another game with number five in the Greek world Stefanos Tsitsipas, who came back after two sets to stun Nadal in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in February.

World number three Nadal, 34, has won all eleven previous finals and has only lost four games in Barcelona so far.

Tsitsipas, 22, defeated Italian Jannik Sinner, 19, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the final.

Nadal defeated Tsitsipas in the 2018 final and only lost three games, despite the fact that the Greek defeated him on clay in the 2019 semi-finals in Madrid.

“I’ll try to recover from last time,” said Tsitsipas, who won his first Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo last week.

It took Nadal just 90 minutes to beat his 29-year-old Davis Cup teammate Carreno Busta.

“Tomorrow it will be very difficult. Stefanos is probably playing better than ever,” said Nadal.

“In Monte Carlo and here we haven’t lost a set, so it will be the toughest opponent possible.”

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