Nadal floors Ferrer to win sixth Barcelona title

April 26, 2011 - 0:0

World number one Rafa Nadal underlined his crushing dominance on clay when he overwhelmed Spanish compatriot David Ferrer 6-2 6-4 to win a sixth Barcelona Open title in seven years on Sunday.

Nadal followed up his victory over Ferrer in last week's Monte Carlo Masters final with a display of brutal hitting and near-impeccable defense to become the first player in the Open era to win two tournaments at least six times.
His run in Barcelona, where he beat Ferrer in the 2008 and 2009 title matches, was interrupted by his withdrawal last year due to injury, while his triumph in Monaco was his seventh straight title at the event.
""It's incredible to come back here to my tournament and my fans after not being able to play last year,"" Nadal said in an interview with Spanish television before hoisting aloft the huge Conde de Godo trophy.
""I am very, very happy for the win and sorry for David, who is having a fantastic year and deserves a title,"" he added.
""It's bad luck for him having to play me in three finals but it's my sixth title here and it's a huge delight.""
Nadal's latest success on the red dust was the 24-year-old Mallorcan's 31st clay title, putting him one clear of Bjorn Borg and Manuel Orantes on the all-time winners list and third behind Guillermo Vilas (45) and Thomas Muster (40).
(Source: Reuters)