Rafael Nadal posing with the trophy, Barcelona Open 2016

Rafael Nadal claims 9th Barcelona Open title

Nadal defeated Nishikori in two tight sets 6-4 7-5 to claim his second title in two weeks. With his victory, he equals Guillermo Vilas’ record of 49 clay court titles.

Nadal: “It was a very close match. There were a lot of chances for both of us but I think I have been solid. When you play against players with such a high level, the match is often decided by a few moments. So I feel happy that I handled all these important moments well mentally.”

Final del Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell: Rafa Nadal - Kei Nishikori

Final del Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell: Rafa Nadal - Kei Nishikori

Final del Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell: Rafa Nadal - Kei Nishikori

Final del Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell: Rafa Nadal - Kei Nishikori

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Final del Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell: Rafa Nadal - Kei Nishikori

Final del Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell: Rafa Nadal - Kei Nishikori

Final del Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell: Rafa Nadal - Kei Nishikori

Final del Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell: Rafa Nadal - Kei Nishikori

Final del Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell: Rafa Nadal - Kei Nishikori

Photo credit: Banc Sabadell

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