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Rafael Nadal wins at Barcelona to tie a men’s tennis record with his 49th clay-court title

Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory over Kei Nishikori in the Barcelona Open championship match on April 24.

Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory over Kei Nishikori in the Barcelona Open championship match on April 24.

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Rafael Nadal beat two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori, 6-4, 7-5, to win the Barcelona Open for the ninth time on Sunday and equal Guillermo Vilas’ men’s tennis record of 49 career clay-court titles.

Nadal, a Spaniard playing on home turf, won for the second consecutive week, adding this title to his trophy from Monte Carlo. The 14-time Grand Slam winner appears to be regaining form on his favorite surface ahead of next month’s French Open. “These have been two fantastic weeks, weeks I have been striving for for a long time,” he said.

Nishikori had won the tournament the previous two years after early exits by Nadal.

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Angelique Kerber defended her Porsche Grand Prix title with a 6-4, 6-0 win over qualifier Laura Siegemund in an all-German final at Stuttgart, Germany. Kerber, the Australian Open champion, won 12 of the final 13 games after falling behind 3-0 in the final of the indoor clay-court tournament. It was her ninth career title.


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