Nadal hails ‘fantastic’ fortnight

Rafael Nadal has enjoyed “two fantastic weeks” after triumphing at the Barcelona Open on Sunday.

Former world number one Nadal beat reigning champion Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-5 to win his second consecutive title of the year after he won the Monte Carlo Masters last Sunday. It was also the first time the Spaniard has won successive titles since 2013.

Furthermore, Nadal also equalled Guillermo Vilas’ record of 49 clay-court titles, but he insists he takes no notice of such accolades.

“The most important thing for me was to win the match, things like records are not important, we will speak about it when my career ends. I got so many wins on clay and in complicated tournaments. Adding Barcelona to this list of nine titles is fantastic,” he told reporters.

“I am so happy. This week has been very important for me, apart the fact of winning another title, it’s another week where I played at a very good level and where I did not lose any set.

“I won against one of the best players in the World, these were two fantastic weeks. After Monte Carlo I had said that Barcelona was an important tournament for me. I will enjoy the victory and then I will think about Madrid.”

Despite his recent ressurgence in form, the 29-year-old admitted he still had doubts about whether he could defeat Nishikori.

“After yesterday’s match I knew I could have lost. When I enter the court I am not sure to win, doubts are always there and in some ways it is not negative,” he said.

“Kei is a very fast player and is able to win points fastly. The first set was more complicated, I hold my serves but from the back of the court I had not clear in my mind how he was playing.

“In the second set I was better than him. The first one was more balanced. From 5-4 I played great.”

Nadal appears to have timed his revival to perfection as the the French Open begins next month, a title which he has won on nine previous occasions.