Rafa Nadal equaled the record of 49 clay-court titles held by the great Guillermo Vilas, by clinching his ninth title at Barcelona. Nadal beat the defending champion Kei Nishikori 6-4 7-5.

It was a close match with Kei having nine chances to break in the first set but Rafa managed to save eight of them, proving he was the better player mentally throughout this fixture. The double defending champion Nishikori staged a decent comeback in the second set after faltering behind 1-4 but couldn’t carry on the momentum to cause any serious damage.

Nadal now has 9 titles at three different tournaments, Monte Carlo and Roland Garros being the other two. It was his 69th career title in his 101st appearance in a final. Rafa’s fans took twitter to applaud their hero, many citing this comeback a much needed one before next month’s French Open. Here are some of the tweets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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