Nadal takes another title
Rafael Nadal claimed the seventh Barcelona Open title of his career on Sunday with a straight sets victory over David Ferrer.
A week after winning in Monte Carlo last week, the 'King of Clay' had to dig deep against his compatriot, eventually winning 7-6 7-5 to win the tournament for the seventh time in eight years. After cruising through his previous matches, the top seed was severely tested in the final, saving five set points before taking the opener in a tie break. He then edged out his fellow Davis Cup winner in the second to take the title and become the first man in the Open era to win two ATP Tour events seven times. Following the match, Nadal was visibly relieved to have succeeded and said that he believed that luck had played a major part in the outcome. "This is the hardest match I had on clay court this season, David always takes you to the limit," Nadal told Spanish TV. "A bit of it was lottery, luck fell on my side today."