Rafael Nadal posing with the trophy, Barcelona Open 2016

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
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Rafa Nadal, Barcelona Open 2016

Rafa admitted he played his worst match of the tournament in the semifinal, but it was still enough to defeat Kohlschreiber in straight sets and advance to the final.
Nadal aims to clinch his record ninth Barcelona title, while Nishikori seeks to become the third player in history (after Mats Wilander and Rafael Nadal) to lift the Conde de Godo Trophy three years in a row.

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Escort Kids con Rafael Nadal

Escort Kids con Rafael Nadal

Escort Kids con Nadal y Kohlschreiber

Jornada del 24/04/2016 en la 64º edición del Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell

Rafael Nadal entre la marea de aficionados

Kei Nishikori is the two-time defending champion:

Kei Nishikori alzando el 62 Trofeo Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

Entrega del trofeo del Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

Rafa Nadal won the tournament 8 times, the last time in 2013:

Final Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell Trofeo Conde de Godó

Nishikori or Nadal, who do you think will win?

Photo credit: Banc Sabadell

Rafael Nadal, Barcelona Open 2016

Rafael Nadal, who aims to lift his record ninth title in Barcelona, defeated Fabio Fognini in straight sets 6-2 7-6 to advance to the semifinal. With a win in the final on Sunday, he would equalize Guillermo Vilas record of 49 clay-court titles.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Fabio Fognini

Nadal and Fognini

Rafael Nadal

Photo credit: Banco Sadabell

Rafael Nadal, Barcelona Open 2016

Alexander Zverev celebrated his 19th birthday with a hard-fought win over 15th Thomaz Bellucci 6-3 6-7 7-5. He’ll face Malek Jaziri in the third round.

20/04 en la 64º Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

2-time defending champion Kei Nishikori started his 2016 clay court campaign with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Thiemo de Bakker. His next opponent is Jérémy Chardy.

20/04 en la 64º Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

20/04 en la 64º Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
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Rafael Nadal at practice, Barcelona 2016

Rafael Nadal is already back at practice after his Monte Carlo victory yesterday. This week he’s playing the Barcelona Open, a tournament he has won 8 times.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal
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Rafael Nadal, Monte Carlo 2016

Rafa is back in the winners’ circle! Nadal claimed his 9th Monte Carlo title, as he defeated Gael Monfils 7-5 5-7 6-0 in an exciting final. He has now won 48 clay court titles, just one short of Guillermo Vilas’ record.

The victory here confirms that I am better and I am very happy, no? Is very, very emotional week for me, very important event. Probably Monte-Carlo is one of the most important places in my career without any doubt.
Win again here after three years is something so special for me. So very happy for that.

Check out our Monte Carlo 2016 coverage.