Rafael Nadal beat his Spanish compatriot Nicolas Almagro in straight sets for a record- extending eighth title in tennis’s ATP Barcelona Open today.
Second-seeded Nadal defeated the No. 4 seed 6-4, 6-3 to bounce back from his loss to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the Monte Carlo Masters last weekend.
Nadal, an 11-time Grand Slam winner currently ranked No. 5 by the ATP, returned in February after a seven-month layoff because of a knee injury. Since then he’s also won titles in Sao Paulo, Acapulco and Indian Wells, California.
Top seed Sharapova, ranked world No. 2 by the WTA tour, won 6-4, 6-3 in Stuttgart, Germany. It was her second tournament success this season after victory at Indian Wells.
Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic had a 6-3, 6-2 win over Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the final of the ATP BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest. It was a first ATP Tour title for Rosol, who beat Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon last year.
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