Rafael Nadal matched a tennis legend Sunday and laid down another marker ahead of his attempt to win a 10th French Open title.
The revitalized Spaniard backed up his victory in the Monte Carlo Masters by claiming the Barcelona Open for a record ninth time, drawing him level with Argentina’s Guillermo Vilas on 49 career clay-court titles.
- Nadal Notches Record-Tying 49th Clay-Court Title In Barcelona | ATP World Tour
Most Titles At A Single Tournament (Open Era)
|Rafael Nadal||9||Roland Garros|
|Guillermo Vilas||8||Buenos Aires|
“I have been working so hard to enjoy moments like this,” Nadal said. “The fact that I’m playing at home is always even more special. I’m very happy and I feel lucky to enjoy this again.”
Nadal, the world’s third best-paid tennis player according to Forbes with $32.5 million in annual earnings, had been written off by many after exiting the Australian Open in the first round in January.
But after reaching the semi-finals on hard courts in Indian Wells, California in March, he’s gone 10-0 on clay in Europe this spring – winning Monte Carlo and Barcelona in the same year for the first time since 2012 – and he is rapidly approaching his best form.
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