EIGHTH BARCELONA TITLE
BARCELONA, Spain — Rafael Nadal won the Barcelona Open for the eighth time Sunday after seeing off Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-3 in the final.
It was Nadal’s 54th career title and fourth this year, having made six straight finals after returning from a knee injury that had kept him off the courts since last summer.
The title came one week after Nadal’s eight-year reign at Monte Carlo ended in a loss to top-ranked Novak Djokovic.
“I am very happy,” Nadal said. “It has been an important week for me to win here again and a great source of joy after everything I have been through.”
Nadal has won 39 straight matches on the red clay at Real Club de Tenis, with his last loss coming 10 years ago to Spain’s Davis Cup captain, Alex Corretja. The 26-year-old Nadal won the tournament from 2005-09…
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