BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 to win his 10th Barcelona Open title yesterday.It was the second consecutive week that Nadal had won a tournament for the 10th time. He had become the first men’s tennis player in the Open era to win the same title 10 times at the Monte Carlo Masters last Sunday.”It means a lot to me to win 10 titles here in Barcelona as well,” Nadal said. “To win in Barcelona and Monte Carlo gives me a dream start to the clay season.”It was Nadal’s second title of the season and 71st of his career. The fifth-ranked Spaniard had lost his previous three finals, including to Roger Federer in the Australian Open.Next month he will try to win a 10th French Open title. The last of his 14 Grand Slams was three years ago in Roland Garros.BREAK POINTNadal broke the ninth-ranked Austrian late in the first set and early in the second, then cruised to close out the match for his 51st career title on clay. He saved the only break point he conceded to Thiem at the “Rafa Nadal” center court. He was only broken twice in 47 service games throughout the week.”It was vital for me to win the first set,” Nadal said. “It was difficult. I had a few more chances than him, but it was very even.”The 30-year-old Nadal has won 10 consecutive matches and is 21-1 in his past 22 sets.Thiem, who had upset top-ranked Andy Murray in the semi finals on Saturday, was trying to win his second title of the season. He won in Rio de Janeiro in February.Nadal won five straight titles in Barcelona from 2005-09, then three consecutive from 2011-13, and now two in a row in 2016 and this year. He has a 10-0 record in finals in Barcelona, losing only one set.Nadal improved to 53-3 at the ATP World Tour 500 event.
ALTERED LATEST TRANSFER NEWS ‘He’s one of the world’s best’ 👊 Jürgen Klopp simply could not pass up the chance to sign @Alissonbecker: https://t.co/gN0qvFl8QO pic.twitter.com/EEZv5MYTGT— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 19, 2018He said: “At one point in the last few weeks it came up, the opportunity to sign one of the world’s best goalkeepers – then it’s not a long thought, to be honest, it’s only that you need to have a little talk with the owners!“They were quite excited, so we did it.” who plays? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Welcome to @LFC, @Alissonbecker. 🔴https://t.co/t4msWAm2sU pic.twitter.com/2xefw3zIFU— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 19, 2018Brazil’s No.1 has reportedly signed a six-year contract with the club.The move represents a new world-record fee for a goalkeeper, comfortably surpassing the £35m Manchester City paid for Ederson.Alisson, 25, told Liverpoolfc.com: “I’m really happy, it’s a dream come true to wear such a prestigious shirt for a club of this size that is used to always winning.“In terms of my life and my career, it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family. You can be certain that I’ll give my all.”Jurgen Klopp, who decided he could no longer rely on Loris Karius, also expressed his delight at signing ‘one of the world’s best’ goalkeepers. NEW ERA Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? smart causal How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? gameday predicted possible xi highlights Liverpool have completed the signing of goalkeeper Alisson from Roma for £67m.The Reds announced the deal on Twitter after Roma’s sporting director Monchi all-but confirmed it earlier on Thursday. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade
Donegal manager Jim McGuinness will meet with Donegal GAA clubs on Friday to try and provide a solution to the yearly problem regarding club fixtures in the county. The thorny issue of county players playing club championship while Donegal are still actively involved in the All-Ireland series has again raised it’s head again this year following Donegal’s heavy defeat to Mayo.It is reported that McGuinness wants certain assurances before he commits to another year at the helm as Donegal manager, with the issue of club fixtures believed to be one issue he wants assurances on before he commits to managing in 2014. Donegal county chairman Sean Dunnion believes it will be a good opportunity for both parties to make their feelings clear and hopes a positive solution will come from Friday’s meeting.Donegal supporters will be hoping for a “Good Friday” as nobody wants to see Glenties man step down.Hopefully a solution can be proposed were club players are playing football throughout the summer regularly as it’s not fair on them to only play a handful of games all summer, but it is also imperative that McGuinness has a full deck to choose from when Donegal are in championship action. MCGUINNESS TO MEET CLUB MANAGERS IN ATTEMPT TO RESOLVE FIXTURE PROBLEMS was last modified: September 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Club ManagementfixturesFRIDAYJim McGuinnessmeetingnewsproposalSolutionSport