8th Career Barcelona Title for Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal won his eighth Barcelona title in nine years on Sunday, defeating fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the rainy Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.
“The conditions were very difficult today, especially in the first six games as it was raining a lot,” said Nadal, who improved to 10-0 career against his countryman despite being down a double break in the opening set. “I am extremely satisfied about being able to defeat a player like Nico in straight sets in the final. I played better and better as the match went on and the break at 1-3 in the first set was vital for me.”
Nadal has reached the finals in all six events he has played since returning from a knee injury in February, and is the first player to win four titles in 2013. Almagro dropped to 12-8 in career finals.
Emotional Rosol Wins 1st Career Title at Bucharest
Lukas Rosol, best known for beating Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon last year, is now known as a title winner. On Sunday Rosol defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-2 for the title at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest, Romania, his first career title.
“I wanted to dedicate this trophy to someone, so I found the energy,” said Rosol, whose father died 10 days earlier. “I felt somebody was helping me from up top. It’s not just about me. My family has always supported me and my tennis. I felt match after match, my dream was coming true…It was very emotional for me and is something special. I found a way to beat some good players and succeed.”
Rosol is the third first-time winner this season, joining Bernard Tomic (Sydney) and Horacio Zeballos (Vina del Mar). Garcia-Lopez fell to 2-2 in career finals.
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