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Resurgent Rafael Nadal beats Kei Nishikori to reclaim Barcelona crown

Resurgent Rafael Nadal beats Kei Nishikori to reclaim Barcelona crown

Nadal, who will target a 10th French Open title next month, had not won back-to-back titles since 2013.

Barcelona Open: Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori enter semi-finals

Barcelona Open: Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori enter semi-finals

In the other half Japanese second seed Kei Nishikori, bidding to defend the title, beat Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets.

Rafael Nadal coming to terms with rankings slide

Rafael Nadal coming to terms with rankings slide

This is normally the time of year when Rafael Nadal comes into his own, honing his formidable claycourt skills in preparation for Roland Garros and leaving a trail of brutalised opponents to pick themselves up off the red clay.

Kei Nishikori seals second title in Barcelona

Kei Nishikori seals second title in Barcelona

Japan`s Kei Nishikori claimed his second consecutive Barcelona Open title on Sunday with a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 over Spaniard Pablo Andujar.

Kei Nishikori cruises past Martin​ Klizan into Barcelona final

Kei Nishikori cruises past Martin​ Klizan into Barcelona final

Reigning champion Kei Nishikori booked his place in the Barcelona Open final with a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing of Slovakia`s Martin Klizan on Saturday.

Spaniard David Ferrer puts good form down to renewed confidence

Spaniard David Ferrer puts good form down to renewed confidence

 Spain`s David Ferrer has put his strong start to the season down to having rediscovered his confidence.

Kei Nishikori beats Roberto Bautista​ to make Barcelona Open semis

Kei Nishikori beats Roberto Bautista​ to make Barcelona Open semis

Reigning champion Kei Nishikori moved into the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open with 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win over Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday.

`Awful` Rafael Nadal stunned by Fabio Fognini in Barcelona

`Awful` Rafael Nadal stunned by Fabio Fognini in Barcelona

Rafael Nadal`s stuttering season continued as he was stunned 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) by Italy`s Fabio Fognini at the Barcelona Open on Thursday.

Kei Nishikori, David Ferrer ease into Barcelona quarters

Kei Nishikori, David Ferrer ease into Barcelona quarters

Defending champion Kei Nishikori thrashed Colombian 15th seed Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 6-1 to move into the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open on Thursday in a repeat of last year`s final.

Kei Nishikori storms into Barcelona quarters

Kei Nishikori storms into Barcelona quarters

Defending champion Kei Nishikori thrashed Colombian 15th seed Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 6-1 to move into the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open on Thursday.

Rafael Nadal comfortably passes Nicolas Almagro test in Barcelona

Rafael Nadal comfortably passes Nicolas Almagro test in Barcelona

Rafael Nadal eased past Spanish compatriot Nicolas Almagro 6-3 6-1 to reach the Barcelona Open third round on Wednesday as he began his bid for a ninth title on the clay in the Catalan capital.

Paes-Nestor crash out of Barcelona Open

Paes-Nestor crash out of Barcelona Open

Leander Paes and his doubles partner Daniel Nestor crashed out of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament on Wednesday.

Nishikori cruises, Almagro sets up Nadal rematch in ​Barcelona

Nishikori cruises, Almagro sets up Nadal rematch in ​Barcelona

Defending champion Kei Nishikori cruised into the third round of the Barcelona Open with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili on Tuesday.

Rafael Nadal targets further improvement in Barcelona

Rafael Nadal targets further improvement in Barcelona

Rafael Nadal has a return to winning ways on clay in his sights as he targets a ninth title at the Barcelona Open this week.

Nick Kyrgios slams ITF for drug testing him 'more than' other players

Nick Kyrgios slams ITF for drug testing him 'more than' other players

The International Tennis Federation found themselves on the receiving ends of Australian teen tennis star Nick Kyrgios' scathing tweets, as he accused them of drug testing him more than other players.

Kei Nishikori survives to reach Memphis semi-finals

Kei Nishikori survives to reach Memphis semi-finals

Japan`s Kei Nishikori kept his bid for a third straight ATP Memphis Open title on course with a gritty, three-set semi-final victory over Sam Querrey on Saturday.

Nadal still the man to beat at the French Open

If this season`s records are supposed to provide an indication to the man who will be crowned `king of Roland Garros`, Rafa Nadal`s hopes of winning a record-extending ninth French Open title could be in jeopardy.

Nishikori becomes first Japanese man in top 10

Kei Nishikori ensured he will become the first ever Japanese player to make the top 10 of the ATP rankings with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Spain`s Feliciano Lopez to make the Madrid Masters semi-finals on Friday.

Murray beaten as Nadal, Serena, Sharapova advance in Madrid

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray`s return to action at the Madrid Masters was ended in the third round by Santiago Giraldo on Thursday as the Colombian romped to a 6-3, 6-2 win.

Nadal hoping to bag fourth title in Madrid amid struggles to bounce back from injury

Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal is hoping to bag the fourth title at home in the Madrid Masters as he struggles to bounce back from a back injury and searches for his first title on the European clay this season.