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Nadal Wins Eighth Barcelona Crown

Barcelona, Spain

Nadal© AFP/Getty ImagesRafael Nadal tasted victory for the eighth time in Barcelona.

A week after seeing his eight-year reign in Monte-Carlo end, Rafael Nadal regrouped to maintain his dominance at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell Sunday, capturing his eighth trophy in nine years at the event.

Nadal defeated fourth-seeded compatriot Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-3 to notch his 39th straight match win at the ATP World Tour 500 event, taking 80 of the 82 sets he's played. Nadal overcame a 3-0 double break deficit in the first set to turn the tide, claiming victory in one hour and 32 minutes. The Mallorcan improved to 10-0 versus Almagro and increased his perfect record against fellow Spaniards in ATP World Tour finals to a 13-0 mark.

“I feel very happy to lift the trophy once again here in Barcelona. It means a lot especially after the difficult year I’ve had,” said Nadal. “The conditions were very difficult today, especially in the first six games as it was raining a lot.” 

“I am extremely satisfied about being able to defeat a player like Nico in straight sets in the final. I played better and better as the match went on and the break at 1-3 in the first set was vital for me. In the second set, things went smoother and I managed [to do] well in all the difficult moments.”

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Since returning from a seven-month absence with a left knee injury in February, Nadal has reached the final at all six events he’s played. He became the first player to win four titles this season, adding to triumphs in Sao Paulo (d. Nalbandian), Acapulco (d. Ferrer) and Indian Wells (d. del Potro). Nadal moved to 54-32 in tour-level finals and lifted his 39th clay-court crown.

Almagro was appearing in the title match for the first time on his 10th appearance. He dropped to a 12-8 record in ATP World Tour finals, all coming on clay.

“With the rain, the ball got heavier and it wasn’t the same for me anymore. The speed went down and he was able to stay more in the point,” said Almagro. 

“I feel okay after the match. I fought all week to be able to be in the final and I reached my goal. Once there, you want to win, so yes I feel a bit disappointed about it but I need to look at it positively and it’s been a great week for me overall. I felt great here all week with the crowd and all the people from the club.” 

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