Unbeatable Nadal secures fifth Barca title

Rafael Nadal lifts the massive Barcelona Open trophy for the fifth year in a row after his win over David Ferrer.
World number one Rafael Nadal continues to prove unbeatable on his favorite clay-court surface, as he won his fifth Barcelona Open title in a row with a straight sets victory over fellow-Spaniard David Ferrer on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Nadal, who last week secured his fifth Monte Carlo title in succession, repeated that feat on home soil by winning 6-2 7-5 in a repeat of the 2008 final. The victory gave Nadal his 35th career title (24 of them coming on clay) and meant the Barcelona tournament was won by a home player for a seventh straight year. “I could have never have imagined that I would win here for a fifth time,” a beaming Nadal said after the match. “Congratulations to David also. Even if it was impossible for him to win today, he had a great tournament. For me, this is much more than a dream,” he added.

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