The revitalized Spaniard backed up his victory within the Monte Carlo Masters by claiming the Barcelona Open for a document ninth time, drawing him degree with Argentina’s Guillermo Vilas on forty nine profession clay-courtroom titles.
Nadal beat two-time defending Barcelona champion Kei Nishikori 6-four 7-5 in a hotly-contested remaining within the Catalan capital.
It was his tenth straight victory of the European clay courtroom season, which culminates with the second grand slam of the season in Paris subsequent month.
Each males had reached the title match with out dropping a set and one thing needed to give.
Nishikori began brightly however a sloppy recreation noticed him fall an early break behind at three-1 within the first set.
The Japanese star fought again to degree, however within the tenth recreation he was damaged once more to concede the opener.
Bidding for less than his second win over Nadal in 10 matches, Nishikori achieved an early break within the second set just for his opponent to supply his greatest tennis of the week in profitable the subsequent 4 video games.
Victory appeared a formality till Nishikori dragged himself degree once more.
Nadal had his first match level at 5-four, however closed out the 2-hour match two video games later.
“Within the second set I let a whole lot of alternatives go, however I’m very completely satisfied to have resisted mentally and completely happy to win,” he stated.
The again-to-again event wins are a great addition for the 29-yr-previous Nadal, who began the season slowly and misplaced within the first spherical of the Australian Open.
On the WTA Tour, Angelique Kerber of Germany gained her first event since her Australian Open triumph with victory within the Stuttgart last, 6-four, 6-zero over qualifier Laura Siegemund.
It was her second straight title on the prestigious clay courtroom event, making mild work of Siegemund, who had put out seeds Simona Halep, Roberta Vinci and Agnieszka Radwanska on the best way to remaining.
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