BARCELONA Ė The Barcelona Open ended its 67th edition with a new champion and several players who will be remembered for their participation in this yearís tournament.
1.- Dominic Thiem:
The world No. 5 proved to be the best candidate to be Rafael Nadalís successor on clay.
Even though the 25-year-old Austrian had lost the 2017 Barcelona Open final to Nadal, Thiem, the No. 3 seed, managed to eliminate the Spanish great in the semifinals of this edition with a 6-4, 6-4 win.
Thiemís reign as the Barcelona Open champion came after he defeated Russiaís Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-0 in an hour and 13 minutes in the tournamentís final to clinch his 13th career title and second this season, having won the Indian Wells trophy at the expense of Switzerlandís famed Roger Federer.
2.- Daniil Medvedev:
The 2019 Banc Sabadell Barcelona Open brought together many players of the so-called next generation of stars on the ATP World Tour such as Felix Auger Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov of Canada, Karen Khachanov of Russia, and Frances Tiafoe of the United States, but the one who really stood out was Medvedev.
The 23-year-old Russian has won more matches than any other player on the ATP tour this season, in which he was victorious at the Sofia Open final, a finalist at Brisbane, a semifinalist at Rotterdam and Monte Carlo.
In Barcelona, Medvedev added another achievement to his resume although he ended up losing the title to Thiem.
3.- Rafael Nadal:
He did not win this time but Nadal is always the winner in the city in Spainís Catalonia, whatever the result. The Spaniard came to Barcelona after he was slammed by Italyís Fabio Fognini in the Monte Carlo semifinals, a game he described as one of the worst matches in his career.
In Barcelona, the world No.2 was regaining his form little by little only to lose to Thiem in the semifinals.
Although Nadal failed to win his 12th Barcelona Open title, he left the tournament satisfied because he feels that he is on the right path to successfully defend his title at the 2019 French Open.
4.- David Ferrer:
The former world No.3 is retiring this season after winning three Davis Cups and 37 ATP titles.
Ferrer played this year his last Barcelona Open, a tournament in which he took part 15 times and had been a four-time finalist in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, losing all of them to Nadal.
In this edition, he also lost to Nadal in the round of 16 but he was applauded by the fans, with a tribute from the press and the eventís organizers.
Barcelona Open not only honored Ferrer but also Spainís Nicolas Almagro, who has just retired from tennis, and compatriot Manuel Orantes to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his first victory in Barcelona.
5.- Nicolas Jarry:
The 23-year-old Chilean was the lucky loser of the tourney, being brought back to competition as the alternate player of South Korean Hyeon Chung who withdrew before the main draw due to a back injury.
Jarry played five intense three-set matches in Barcelona, some of which included tie-break, before losing to Medvedev in the quarterfinals.
Spainís Roberto Carballes was another lucky loser who entered the tournament after Fognini withdrew. He was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Kei Nishikori of Japan.