Spaniard Rafael Nadal proved once again why he is undisputed King of Clay as he won his 9th Barcelona Open title and stretched his tally of clay court titles to 49 and equaled Guillermo Vilas’ record.
Nadal faced the challenge of Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the final where the Spaniard won in straight sets by a margin of 6-4 and 7-5. Nadal saved 7 out of the eight break chances in the first set to win the opening set against the talented Japanese player who had not lost a set in the entire tournament. Kei was down 4-1 in the second set but he pegged Nadal back to level thing at 4-4 but he was eventually made to rue the missed opportunities as he lost the second set 7-5.
While talking to media after the match Rafa was happy with his service games and is glad that he was able to convert the opportunities he got during the match.
“I think I served well which was very important,” said the world number five. “The fact I had a good percentage of first serves allowed me to play better.
“In the second set I let a lot of opportunities go, but I am very happy to have resisted mentally and happy to win.”
Nadal now has 9 Barcelona Open titles, 9 Monte Carlo titles and not to forget his 9 French Open titles thus accurately demonstrating his dominance on the clay court. Nadal has a chance to beat Guillermo Vilas’ record as he will playing events in Madrid and Rome before going onto to play the elusive French Open.