Stefanos Tsitsipas (5th) defeated Jannik Sinner (19th) in the Barcelona semifinals by 6-3, 6-3 to access the final. The Greek, who last week was crowned at the Monte-Carlo Masters 1000, He continues his good feelings on the European brick dust tour and will be looking to lift the trophy in Conde de Godó for the first time in his career.
Clay is the favorite surface of the one born in Athens 22 years ago. And her numbers reflect it: in this 2021 she played 9 games against her and won them all without giving up a single set (17-0).
The No. 5 came from reaching the semifinals instance after defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime (20th) by 6-3 and 6-3. For his part, the promise of Italian tennis, the young Sinner, had come after beating Russian Andrey Rublev (7th) 6-2, 7-6 (6) in the previous round.
Tstisipas, finalist for the Count of Godó in 2018 where he was defeated by 11-time champion Rafael Nadal, took the reins of the match from the beginning. With superb tennis from the start, he did not give the Italian a chance. He punished the No. 19 in the world with a pristine drive, the serve showed no cracks and broke in the moments that were presented to him. In this way, he took the match by a double 6-3 and stretched his good feelings on the European tour.
The Greek agreed to his third final on Spanish soil: the first, the one already mentioned in Barcelona 2018; and the other was at the Madrid Masters in 2019, with a loss to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. In addition, it will be the 15th final in Tsitsipas’ race, 6th on brick dust, and he will seek to reach the seventh title.
His rival in the decisive match will come out of the cross between Rafael Nadal (3rd), the highest contender to stay with the tournament, and his compatriot Pablo Carreño Busta (13th), who has just eliminated Argentine Diego Schwartzman (9th). 6-4, 3-6 and 7-5.