# Amazing match that lasted 3 hours 38 minutes which is the longest ATP “the best of 3” final. Nadal  came back from a break in the first two sets, but in the 2nd set he wasted a double match point leading 5:4* (40/15) – Tsitsipas  saved it with impressive net-play. In the decider there was only one break of serve, before it happened the Greek had a match point leading 5:4* (40/30) – he made a mistake from the baseline in a 10-stroke rally. In the following two games he had game and break points as well. “I think I never played a final like this in this tournament, so it means a lot to me against a player like him, [after what] he achieved in Monte-Carlo and [that he reached] the final here without losing a set,” Nadal said. “It is an important victory for me. I think I have been increasing my level during the whole week and this victory confirms it. That’s important for today.” Tsitsipas entered the final having won 9 matches in a row (17-0 in sets) – his best winning streak so far.
Nadal’s route to his 87th title (12th in Barcelona):
2 Ilya Ivashka 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
3 Kei Nishikori 6-0, 2-6, 6-2
Q Cameron Norrie 6-1, 6-4
S Pablo Carreno 6-3, 6-2
W Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-7(6), 7-5 – 1 m.p.
# Previous longest: Kuerten d. Coria (Costa Do Sauipe ’02)… 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 after 3 hours 26 minutes (total points: 136-126)
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