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Rafael Nadal: Brilliant In Barcelona

Nadal Barcelona Anniversary

Nadal© AFP/Getty ImagesRafael Nadal celebrates winning his first Barcelona title on 24 April 2005.

Today marks the anniversary of the first of Rafael Nadal's seven titles at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

Nadal first lifted the 12-kilogram (26.45lb) trophy - one of the heaviest pieces of ATP World Tour silverware - on 24 April 2005.

The Spaniard has not lost since he made his Barcelona debut in 2003, when he was beaten by his nation's current Davis Cup captain, Alex Corretja, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the second round.

On his seven subsequent appearances in 2005-2009, 2011-2012, Nadal has won 34 straight matches and lost just two sets (2006 QFs-Nieminen, 2008 final-Ferrer).

Nadal has a 35-1 match record (.972) in Barcelona. Overall, he has a 270-21 lifetime record (.928) on clay courts according to the FedEx ATP Reliability Index.

Here is a look at Nadal's games win-loss record (by year) in Barcelona:

Year Games Win-Loss Record (Percentage)
2012 63-27 (.700)
2011 60-11 (.845)
2009 48-18 (.727 - four matches)
2008 64-28 (.695)
2007 62-28 (.688)
2006 61-42 (.592 - best of five-set final)
2005 59-24 (.711 - best of five-set final)
2003 15-15 (l. to Corretja in 2R)
Total 432-193 (.691)

Heritage

Jonas Bjorkman told ATPWorldTour.com, "Rafael Nadal has been so dominant on clay for so many years that he is always the man to beat. He combined great movement with great angles and he is mentally strong. No, he doesn't have a weakness."

Nadal is one of five 16 year-end No. 1s honoured in the ATP Heritage Programme, launched this year to celebrate the 40th year of the Emirates ATP Rankings, to have achieved success at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, which was first held in 1953.

Ilie Nastase reached three finals, winning the title in 1973-74 and compiled a 22-3 (.880) overall tournament record. Bjorn Borg had a 20-2 mark (.909), including the 1975 and 1977 trophies, while Ivan Lendl took home the 1980-81 titles with a 28-6 record (.823). Mats Wilander reached five finals and captured the 1982-84 crowns. He was 27-3 overall (.900).

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