Barcelona open tennis: Carlos Alcaraz eases past Stefanos Tsitsipas and defends title

Carlos Alcaraz beats Stefanos Tsitsipas to defend Barcelona Open title, Holger Rune wins BMW Open

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Carlos Alcaraz secured the ninth title of his career as he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 6-4 in the final of the Barcelona Open. Alcaraz, 19, broke Tsitsipas three times as he improved his head-to-head record to 4-0 against the Greek. It is the first time Alcaraz has defended a title in his career. Elsewhere, Holger Rune saved four championship points to defend his BMW Open title in Munich.

Highlights: Alcaraz eases past Evans to reach Barcelona Open final




Carlos Alcaraz won the Barcelona Open for the second year in a row after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.

World No. 2 Alcaraz prevailed 6-3 6-4 to secure the first title defence of his career and improve his head-to-head record against Tsitsipas to 4-0.

Tsitsipas was bidding to win the tournament for the first time after losing in two previous finals to Rafael Nadal, but was outdone by Alcaraz’s firepower and skill.

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“It is incredible,” said Alcaraz.

“To feel this energy and lift the trophy in Barcelona in front of my family and friends, and most members of my team are here as well. Playing this level and to lift the trophy in front of them is a good feeling for me.

“Me and my team were talking before the match about staying relaxed, to want to play the tough moments. Staying relaxed is the most important part for me, to forget the mistakes, everything and be myself on court.”

Alcaraz and Tsitsipas will be among the leading contenders at next week’s Madrid Open, which will be without Novak Djokovic and Nadal due to injury.

Alcaraz, who is 23-2 for the season, will be the defending champion in Madrid.

Tsitsipas made an encouraging start in his bid to beat Alcaraz for the first time as he broke in the third game of the match.

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But the world No. 2 hit back straight away to level at 2-2.

Alcaraz then took command, dropping just two points across his next three service games and breaking again to take the set.

The second set featured some impressive shotmaking from both players but it was Alcaraz who got the decisive break in the fifth game to move ahead.

The US Open champion then sealed victory in style with a second successive love hold.

Elsewhere, Holger Rune saved four championship points to defend his BMW Open title in Munich.

Rune, 19, appeared to be bothered by an arm issue as he trailed Botic van de Zandschulp 5-2 in the deciding set.

But he rallied to win 6-4 1-6 7-6(3) and secure the fourth title of his career.

Dusan Lajovic backed up his win over world No. 1 Djokovic by triumphing at the Srpska Open in Banja Luka.

Lajovic overcame Monte Carlo champion Andrey Rublev 6-3 4-6 6-4 in the final, with Djokovic watching on from the stands.

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Dan Evans is into the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open after coming from a set down to beat Francisco Cerundolo.

British No 2 Evans rallied from losing the first set 6-2 to win the second 7-5 before claiming the decider 6-3 to book a last-four meeting with No 1 seed and world No 2 Carlos Alcaraz in Spain.

Novak Djokovic, though, suffered a shock quarter-final exit at the Srpska Open in Bosnia and Herzegovina, losing 6-4 7-6 (8-6) to fellow Serb Dusan Lajovic with the world No 1 converting just one of the 16 break points he manufactured.

The 35-year-old needed to come from a set down to beat French teenager Luca Van Assche in the previous round but could not do likewise against world No 70 Lajovic.

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Novak Djokovic suffered a shock defeat to fellow Serb Dusan Lajovic in the quarter-finals of the Srpska Open

Djokovic’s disappointment came a week after he was eliminated in the third round of the Monte-Carlo Masters by Lorenzo Musetti.

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The 22-time Grand Slam champion told reporters before the Srpska Open his elbow “was not in ideal shape”.

Lajovic: Biggest win of my career

Lajovic said of his victory: “I am overwhelmed, it is the biggest win of my career.

Djokovic was knocked out in the third round of the Monte-Carlo Masters last week

“The emotions are very mixed because I’m playing here in front of the home town and I’m also playing against a good friend and he’s a hero of our country.

“Beating him, it’s something that I didn’t even think was going to be possible, but it happened.

“His percentage of the first serve was not the greatest, so I was able to use that to my advantage. Overall, I think it was very good tennis from my side.”

Earlier on Friday, second seed Andrey Rublev beat Damir Dzumhur 7-5 6-3 to reach the semi-finals, with the Russian now the strong favourite to win the title following Djokovic’s exit.

Barcelona Open semi-finals (player seeding in brackets)

  • Carlos Alcaraz (1) vs Dan Evans (12)
  • Lorenzo Musetti (9) vs Stefanos Tsitsipas (2)

Srpska Open semi-finals (player seeding in brackets)

  • Dusan Lajovic vs Miomir Kecmanović (4)
  • Alex Molčan vs Andrey Rublev (2)

ATP Barcelona – Men’s Open Tennis Tournament

This championship has been held since the 1950s. Now ATP Barcelona is one of the 500 category tournaments and takes place in the spring during the clay part of the season. In Catalonia, a representative composition of participants always gathers. This year also expected the arrival of several representatives of the top 10 world rankings. In the 2023 season, tennis players will compete for the Godot Prize for the jubilee, 70th time. The tournament will be held from 17 to 23 April.

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ATP Barcelona: features of the event

Tennis players have been coming to ATP Barcelona since 1953. Count Carlos de Godo Valls took an active part in the formation of the championship. He proposed the idea of ​​organizing an international tournament after the opening of the Royal Tennis Complex in Catalonia, of which he was the head. De Godot Valls prepared meticulously. So, on his order, the jeweler Soler Cabot made a silver goblet on a wooden stand. Thanks to the well-coordinated work of the entire team, the Spanish tournament entered the Grand Prix series with the beginning of the open era.

Interesting fact . Simultaneously with his tennis activities, Carlos de Godot Valls was involved in the development of football in Barcelona. In 1985, the then head of the IOC, Juan Antonio Samaranch, awarded the count with the Olympic Order for his dedication to sports.

ATP Barcelona debuted in the summer, but in 1954 the tournament was moved to the spring. Thus, the event has become part of the Spring Clay Season, at the end of which Roland Garros is played. In addition to the regular season, in season-1967 tennis players came to Barcelona to participate in the Davis Cup. Then the Spaniards in the final took the USSR national team and won with a score of 4:1. Especially for this match, the stands of the center court were increased to 8,500 seats.

At the beginning of the Open Era, due to changes in the calendar, the organizers were forced to postpone the competition to autumn. On the positive side, the Spanish Tennis Federation agreed to give the event the status of the Spanish International Championship. Since 1970, both amateurs and professionals have been able to take part in the tournament. Season-1980 has become important for ATP Barcelona. The competitions have strengthened at a high level and could boast that all the strongest players in the world come here: Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Guillermo Vilas, and not only.

In 1990 the tournament was again returned to the spring part of the calendar. He entered the ATP Championship Series and received the second category (now – ATP 500). Championship matches are still hosted by the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona. There are 18 clay courts, including the central one for 8500 spectators. By the way, since 2017 it has been named after the legend of modern tennis Rafael Nadal.

In recent years, the championship has been officially called the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. The bank mentioned in the title is the sponsor of the tournament. Banc Sabadell is the fifth largest bank in Spain, has branches in Mexico and the UK, and works with small and medium-sized businesses.

Barcelona tennis: history

The main character of the Barcelona tennis tournament is, not surprisingly, Rafael Nadal. The unofficial king of clay at a home event won for the first time in 2005 and then set several records:

  • His first winning streak was five tournaments – from 2005 to 2009. Previously, only Swede Mats Wilander managed to win three championships in a row.
  • Nadal did not know equal from 2011 to 2013.
  • Another winning streak for Rafael fell on the period from 2015 to 2018.

In total, the favorite of the local public at the Barcelona Open has 12 titles. He has more victories only at Roland Garros – 14.

In second place in terms of the number of titles in Barcelona is the already mentioned Mats Wilander. He was the strongest here from 1982 to 1984. Then the Swede stopped twice more on the verge of victory. By the way, at the beginning of that decade of the 20th century, the audience remembered the futile attempts to win the trophy by the Argentinean Guillermo Vilas. He reached the finals four times in a row, but each time he lost. Bjorn Borg and Kent Karlsson of Sweden, Manuel Orantes of Spain, Venezuela’s Andres Gomez, Austria’s Thomas Muster and Japan’s Kei Nishikori won two ATP Barcelona victories each.

Among the winners of the Barcelona Tennis Tournament there is a name of a Russian athlete. In 2000, it was Marat Safin. He didn’t have one easy match en route to the final. For example, in the semi-final Marat was stronger than the Swede Magnus Norman, turning the tide after losing in the first set. He won the second and third sets in wrestling. But in the decisive duel Safin was unstoppable. Despite the resistance of the Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero, the Russian spent only three games in a five-set format.

Another chance to win the ATP Barcelona was presented to Safin in the 2003 season. On the way to the final, he lost only one set. True, in the semi-final against the same Juan Carlos Ferrero got a little injury. She influenced the performance in the decisive duel with another nominal owner of the courts, Carlos Moya. At the beginning of the fourth set, the Russian refused to continue the fight.

In 2019, Daniil Medvedev was also one step away from the title. The Russian, who was just gaining momentum, received the seventh seed. Already in the opening match, he had to play three sets, but then the Russian felt confident in his abilities and calmly reached the semifinals. At this stage, Medvedev, in a stubborn struggle, broke the resistance of the Japanese Kei Nishikori. True, in the final Daniil could not oppose anything to the Austrian Dominic Thiem. Our athlete took only four games.

Canadian Daniel Nestor holds the tournament record in doubles. He has four wins. Yevgeny Kafelnikov probably had pleasant memories of playing in pairs at ATP Barcelona. In 1994, in a duet with the Czech David Rikl, he defeated the American Jim Courier and the Spaniard Javier Sanchez in the final. Five years later, Kafelnikov armed himself with the support of the Dutchman Paul Harheis. The Russian-Dutch pair confidently coped with the Italians Massimo Bertolini and Christian Brandi.

Barcelona Open Bank Sabadell: last draw

In 2022, the legendary Rafael Nadal did not come to the Barcelona Open Bank Sabadell to defend his title. Due to injuries and a respectable age by sports standards, he missed the start of the clay season and began to play only in May. However, he still won Roland Garros. In his absence, local fans could look to rising star Carlos Alcaraz, who had recently won the Masters in Miami.

Alcaraz did not let down the local public. Starting not without difficulties, in the 1/4 finals he outplayed the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, although he was in good shape after another victory at the Masters in Monte Carlo. Then, in an even more stubborn match, he turned out to be stronger than the Australian Alex de Minaura. Alcaraz pulled out the second set in a tie-break and won the third with a score of 6:4.

Pablo Carreno-Busta surprised the local fans in the other half of the draw. In a tense quarterfinal match, he broke the resistance of the Norwegian Kasper Ruud, and then confidently outplayed the Argentine Diego Schwartzman.

For Carlos Alcaraz and Pablo Carreno-Busta, the meeting at the Barcelona Open Bank Sabadell was the first in official matches. By and large, the victory went to the young tennis player very easily. At the same time, the superiority of Alcaraz was not clear. Thanks to the fact that the players train in the same place (at the academy of Juan Carlos Ferrero), they knew each other very well. Alcaraz implemented break points better. After the match, Carreno-Busta noticed that the young compatriot played faster and sharper. In turn, Alcaraz noted the importance of such a major victory for himself.

This victory means a lot to me. I have been following the Barcelona tournament since I was a child and it has always been my dream to play here. And, of course, win it. I am very, very happy to be part of the history of Spanish tennis. I am happy that now at the age of 18 I will enter the top ten in the ATP rankings for the first time, – Carlos Alcaras shared his emotions after Victoria. It should be noted that over the past 17 years, he has become the youngest ATP representative to enter the top 10 of the classification. Before that, Rafael Nadal was the last to enter the top cohort so early.

ATP Barcelona: Prize money

ATP Barcelona’s 2023 prize pool will be €2,872,435, slightly more than the previous season. Almost the same payouts were offered to players at the ATP 500 in Dubai (UAE), but at other tournaments of the same category, the prize money was lower. There is no information yet on how payments will be distributed in singles in 2023. But there is information for the last year:

Queue Stage Amount
1 Winner 467 150 EUR
2 Finalist 249 140 EUR
3 Semi-finalist 129 245 EUR
4 Quarter-finalist 67 480 EUR
5 Participant 3 rounds 35 555 EUR
6 Participant 2 rounds 19 465 EUR
7 Participant of the 1st round 10 380 EUR

ATP Barcelona: how points are distributed

48 tennis players will play in the main draw of singles at the ATP Barcelona. This means that all 16 seeded will miss the opening round. Rating points are distributed as follows:

  1. Winner – 500 points.
  2. Finalist – 300.
  3. Semi-finalist – 180.
  4. Quarter-finalist – 90.
  5. Third round – 45.
  6. Second round – 20.
  7. First round – 0.

16 duets will perform in pairs.

ATP Barcelona in 2023: what to expect?

In 2023, ATP Barcelona remains on the tour calendar right after the Masters in Monte Carlo. This means that all the leaders of the tour will not come to Spain. However, while in the preliminary list of participants there are enough star names. There, in addition to Rafael Nadal, who recently left the top ten in the ranking for the first time since 2005, the current five representatives of the top cohort will play. Your attention is the top eight seeded, among which the name of the current champion Carlos Alcaraz stands out:

  1. Carlos Alcaraz (Spain) — No. 2 in the world ranking.
  2. Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) – No. 3.
  3. Kasper Ruud (Norway) – No. 4.
  4. Daniil Medvedev (Russia) – No. 5.
  5. Yannick Sinner (Italy) – No. 8.
  6. Francis Tiafoe (USA) – No. 11.
  7. Karen Khachanov (Russia) – No. 12.
  8. Cameron Norrie (Great Britain) – No. 14.

Rafael Nadal is currently in ninth place in the seeded list. Behind him in the application is last year’s finalist Pablo Carreno-Busta. Of the Russians, in addition to Medvedev and Khachanov, so far there is no one in the main draw. Although Pavel Kotov has a chance to get directly to the tournament. Meanwhile, the organizers announced that the wild card will be given to 41-year-old Spaniard Feliciano Lopez as the basis.

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Many tennis players from all over the world want to get the Spanish prize of the famous Count Godot. This tournament for men is traditionally held in Barcelona, ​​today it is considered very prestigious and takes second place in this category. It should be noted that the chic prize fund of this competition is one and a half million euros.
This tournament was founded by Count Godot, known throughout Barcelona, ​​and on his orders the cup was created – the main prize. This product was made of silver and had an oak stand, on which the names of the winners were inscribed. The very first conqueror was Seixas Vic, followed by Jimeno Andres. And Mantilla Felix is ​​rightfully recognized as the champion of the whole century.

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