Nadal wins record-tying 49th crown on clay courts
RAFAEL Nadal equalled Argentine legend Guillermo Vilas' record of 49 clay-court titles with his ninth Barcelona Open crown after overcoming defending champion Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday.
Fresh from winning the Monte Carlo Masters last week, Nadal has now won his opening 10 matches of the European clay-court season ahead of his quest to land a record 10th French Open in June.
Nishikori was left to rue a series of missed break-point opportunities as his 14-match winning streak in Barcelona ended.
He had made the most of Nadal defeats to claim the title in the past two years.