Rafael Nadal racked up the 400th clay court victory of his career on Saturday as he swept past Belgium's David Goffin 6-4, 6-0 to reach the Barcelona final and stand just one win from an 11th title in the Spanish city.
Sunday's final win was the 401st match that Nadal has won in his long career and also means he has won 46 consecutive sets on clay, which is his favorite playing surface.
"Stefanos is a great player", Nadal said.
This was Nadal's 55th Title on clay and 77th overall.
"It is very hard to describe how to win 11 titles at one tournament". Only Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Ivan Lendl are ahead. "Hopefully I can keep coming back for many more years to come".
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Nadal, wearing just shorts and socks sprinted and jumped into the pool alongside the delighted ball kids.
'I'm very happy for the victory, of course, against a very hard opponent like Tsitsipas.
Tsitsipas started well and held serve in the first game, but the match was promptly disrupted by rain, forcing a short break in play. He has won a record 54 titles on the dirt.
"I'm going to go out there, enjoy it and play my best". "But we really do need one or two guys, whether it's Del Potro or Thiem or somebody to step up and say "I can do this, I'm ready to compete with him" and raise their game, because the game needs it".
"I had watched him a lot but in reality it's not like (watching him) on television".
But that proved to be as good as it would get for the the youngest Barcelona finalist since Nadal in 2005.