Forceful victory of Rafa Nadal in the semifinals of Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell, better known as the Count of Godó Trophy. The tennis player from Manacor was clearly imposed on Pablo Carreño in the Spanish duel of the day and thus accesses the grand final of the ATP500 of the city of Barcelona in which the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas will be measured, who got rid of the young Sinner in the other semifinal [Rafa Nadal 2-0 Pablo Carreño (6-3, 6-2): Narración y estadísticas].

Rafa dominated the game with total authority, especially at the beginning of the first and second sets, and although he had some doubts after giving up his service in the final stretch of the first heat, he had a much more affordable day than in his matches against Ivashka and in front of Nishikori. Little by little a much more precise Nadal is seen, especially with his parallel right and who remains solvent at the service.

The one from Manacor started the clash very plugged, executing high-level shots and setting his best game so far on a clay court tour. On the other side, a Pablo Carreño who accused the fatigue of his quarterfinal duel against Schwartzman. Nadal was solid in all points of the court, but especially from the bottom, taking the lead in the game and the most absolute dominance. Carreño gave up his serve at the first change and Rafa got 2-0 up.

The level of the king of clay is increasing as the days and weeks progress and after overcoming a very faltering and hesitant Godó start, he gave Carreño no option in a very uneven duel from the beginning. Nadal consolidated his break and put land in the middle with the 3-0. However, he did not take his foot off the gas and his overwhelming dominance led him to place 5-1 on the scoreboard. The precision of the parallel right of Manacor’s was being sublime, much more typical of his usual bell tennis. In addition, he did not have difficulties with the serve and remained firm, without lavishing much on the game at the net.

In one of his timid rises, a key moment of the game arrived, which could have been the resurrection of Carreño. Rafa missed a fairly clear smash in the middle of the court and Pablo took advantage of this minimal weakness to add some emotion to the crash. He broke Nadal’s serve and won his own to stay 5-3 and up. However, Rafa overcame the trance and managed to finish the job with 6-3.

Nadal puts the direct

This ‘interruptus comeback’ by Carreño was a major downturn for his morale that resulted in a considerable drop in the second set, which again started with disappointment for him. He was not at almost any time on the track, he was seen to be overwhelmed by the circumstances and somewhat misplaced. Perhaps that is why he has not beaten him in any of his seven previous duels, eight with this Saturday in Barcelona.

Break of serve in the first game in favor of Nadal and consolidation in the second to put a highway also in the second set. With little to lose, Carreño raised the level from the back of the court and the match won in quality, but Rafa, increasingly recognizable, was not up for contemplation. New break and new consolidation to get 4-0 up and seal his pass to the grand final. It was even allowed to let go in the final stretch of the match, which was much more even, leaving some spectacular point, but the history of the semifinals of Conde Godó 2021 was already written. Final victory in the second set 6-2 and to rest for Sunday’s final against Tsitsipas, the great favorite after his triumph in the Monte Carlo Master 1000.

[Más información: Tsitsipas sigue imparable: despacha a Sinner y ya espera a un español en la final del Godó]


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