Nadal beats Almagro to win 8th Barcelona Open title

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Rafa Nadal dismissed his fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell 2013 final in straight sets.

Fourth-seeded Almagro was no match for his compatriot Nadal who claimed his eighth Barcelona trophy in nine years and the 54th career title in total; Almagro obtained 12 so far. The king of clay took his time to get into the match as he was trailing two breaks behind by 0-3 in the opener, yet he was back in the contest by 3-3 and stole his opponent’s serve for the third time at the crucial stage of the set to move 5-4 ahead. Almagro kept grinding, but he squandered a re-break point in the follow up game and Rafa clinched the service game as well as the opening set.

In the following set Nadal did not face any break ball threats, while Almagro’s shaky start cost him a loss of serve in the fourth game. The defending champion offered his countryman no chances to peg back and he ultimately sealed his 39th straight victory at the Barcelona ATP World Tour 500 tournament with a hold to love. Nadal took this one with 6-4, 6-3 after one hour and thirty-three minutes of tennis and has thus extended his head-to-head record against Almagro to 10-0. This was the fourth final he has won out of six he has played since returning after a seven-month long injury spell.

“I feel very happy to lift the trophy once again here in Barcelona. It means a lot especially after the difficult year I’ve had,” Nadal said after the clash. “The conditions were very difficult today, especially in the first 6 games as it was raining a lot.”

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