Nadal wins ninth Barcelona title over Nishikori

published: Apr, 24, 2016

by: Nima Naderi

BARCELONA OPEN BANCSABADELL—BARCELONA, SPAIN

Top seed Rafael Nadal won his ninth career Barcelona Open title in Spain on Sunday, defeating No. 2 seed Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-5. In a match that lasted two hours and five minutes, it was Nadal that won 60 percent of his first serve points, while hitting one ace and breaking serve on five occasions. Improving to 9-1 against Nishikori in lifetime meetings, Nadal backed up his victory in Monte Carlo last week and now stands at No. 2 in the Race to London. The Spaniard also took home his 49th career clay-court title and 500 ATP World Tour points. The Spaniard will next see action at the Madrid Masters in Spain.

Nishikori, who was the two-time defending champion at the event, was vying for his 12th title as a professional.

Nima Naderi

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Founder and Creative Director of TennisConnected.com. He has over 25 years of coaching experience and is an award winning coach with the PTR. Nima has written articles for the ATPWorldTour.com, TennisCanada.com, TennisViewMagazine and Tennis Pro Magazine. He is also the co-host of the TennisConnected PodCast, the Operations Director for Premium Court and the Tournament Director for the Caribbean Cup Tennis Series.

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