Nadal hits another 10
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The competitive fire is certainly burning in the muscular frame of Rafa Nadal who won the Barcelona Open title for a record breaking 10th time to match his achievement in Monte Carlo last week. Now the goal is to create history in Roland Garros by winning the French Open for a tenth time!
I played my best match of the tournament this afternoon against probably the toughest opponent in the tournament, so I'm very happy Rafa Nadal
Playing on the court which now bears his name, Nadal made light work of his final challenger Dominic Thiem to run out the 6-4 6-1 victor.
No one will deny that he has rediscovered his form to underline his King of Clay title following his 51st clay court title.
Nadal, who first won the title in 2005, said: "I’m very satisfied. It’s been an emotional day for me. Playing in front of my crowd and my club and winning a 10th title here is something that’s impossible to even dream of. It’s very special and unique.
"I played my best match of the tournament this afternoon against probably the toughest opponent in the tournament, so I’m very happy."
Down in Budapest, Aljaz Bedene’s 16-match winning streak came to an end in the final of the Hungarian Open where the top seed Lucas Pouile proved too strong for the British No4 who lost 6-3 6-1.
The win was the FrenchmanÈs second on the ATP Tour who is currently riding high in the rankings at 14.
Bedene said: "I’m a little disappointed because I had problems with my finger and felt uncomfortable hitting my shots. I wasn’t close to the level I should be at to beat Lucas, but he was playing really well. It was like everything went in for him.
"If I’m going to lose to anyone, it should be against someone who is a good player and a good person, which Lucas is."
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Back in Germany, Laura Siegemund won the Stuttgart Open to claim the biggest title of her career. She was a finalist last year when she lost to compatriot Angelique Kerber who fell early at this yearÈs event.
Siegmund beat Kristna Mladenovic 6-1 2-6 7-6(5) recovering from 4-1 down in the tiebreak to claim her victory.
Meanwhile Elina Svitolina won her third title of the season when she won the Istanbul Cup in Turkey beating Elise Mertens 6-2 6-4.