‘It feels great to be back in the final,’ says Stefanos Tsitsipas in Barcelona

Stefanos Tsitsipas has secured his second Barcelona final and will play the same player he played in the 2018 final – Rafael Nadal.

Tsitsipas comfortably beat Italian youngster Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-3, continuing his impressive run of 9 successive wins, winning 17 consecutive sets.

Having recently won his first Masters 1000 event in Monte-Carlo, Tsitsipas is in first place for the end of year Nitto ATP finals at the moment and has now matched Andrey Rublev ‘s Tour leading total of 26 victories this season.

His opponent Nadal saw off fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta just as comfortably winning 6-3, 6-2 and is hoping to win his 12th Barcelona title on Sunday.

The final will be a repeat of the 2018 Barcelona final, in which Nadal won in straight sets.

Although the world number three is ahead in their head to head record, winning six of their eight meets, Tsitsipas won their last meeting in the Australian Open earlier this year coming back from two sets down.

“It feels great to be back [in the final],” said Tsitsipas.

“I will try to redeem myself from last time… [Rafa] is someone that I really respect and have always dreamed of beating.”

“The fact that I was able to do it this year pushes me to push myself… I feel like I need experiences like this to grow as a player. A final is always a very important phase in a tournament.”

On his win over Sinner, whose incredible form has seen him break into the top 20 for the first time this week, Tsitispas says he feels his game on clay has matured and he was able to stay patient.

“It was very close. It was a close match,” said Tsitsipas.

“He had a lot of break point opportunities on my serve. It could have been different, but I stayed tough and I converted those break points [I had]. That was crucial and very important.”

“I think my level of concentration and patience has kind of paid off so far. I try to do my job and I know there are going to be tough moments, difficult moments that I will have to deal with.

“But I try and face them with maturity, which is important on clay, and I try and press at certain moments. I have really worked on my offensive, defensive game.

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