- - Sunday, April 24, 2011

BARCELONA | Rafael Nadal beat David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4 in their second all-Spanish final in two weeks to claim his sixth Barcelona Open title Sunday.

The top-ranked Spaniard chalked up his 29th straight match at the clay court event when the fourth-seeded Ferrer hit his backhand wide.

It was Nadal’s 45th career ATP title and his second consecutive trophy after beating Ferrer at Monte Carlo in straight sets April 17.

Nadal triumphed at Barcelona from 2005-09, including finals victories over Ferrer in the 2008 and ‘09, before sitting out the last year’s edition.

Nadal, 24, became the first player to win two tournaments six or more times. He has won Monte Carlo seven times in the tour’s Open era.

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