Nadal claims Hamburg Crown

Rafael Nadal defeated Fabio Fognini in straight sets in the final of the Bet-At-Home Open on Sunday.

The final saw the former world number one earn his 47th clay court title following a hard fought 7-5, 7-5 win over Fognini in Hamburg, Germany. 

It was the world number 32 that drew first blood, taking the opening service game on his fifth break point. However, Nadal would break right back to level matters.

The duo swapped breaks once more before Nadal was the first of the two to hold serve. The top seed won the crucial 11th game, forcing the Italian to hold serve, but Nadal would clinch the set on his fourth set point.

The second set was also a tense affair, as Nadal looked to have the title all sewn up after taking a 3-1 lead. But the fiery Fognini battled back to win four games in a row. Two games later, Fognini earned double set point, but he was unable to convert.

Nadal held serve in the penultimate game then closed out the match with another break of serve on his first match point to claim his 67th ATP World Tour title.

The world number ten is holding the win in high regard as he has had a disappointing 2015, failing to reach the semi-final stage of all three Grand Slams so far.

"It was a great match, many great points, many breaks, we fought hard," said the 14-time grand slam winner after the match.

"I had many ups and downs. It's an important title for me."

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