Nadal beats Almagro in Barcelona final

Barcelona, Apr 28 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal defeated countryman Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-3 Sunday in the final of the Barcelona Open, taking his eighth title at the clay-court event.

Nadal and Almagro battled for one hour and 32 minutes in a match that was affected by rain at the beginning and end of play.

The 26-year-old Nadal has not lost in Barcelona since 2003, when Alex Corretja knocked him out in the second round.

He missed the tournament in 2004 and 2010 due to injuries.

Nadal, an 11-time Grand Slam champion, has now won 54 career titles and four this season.

The Spanish star took the titles this year in Sao Paulo, Acapulco and Indian Wells, and he made the finals in ViƱa del Mar and Monte Carlo in his first five tournaments since returning to action.

Nadal suffered a knee injury last year that sidelined him for seven months.

Last Sunday, top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia rolled over Nadal 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell is one of the bigger tune-up events for tennis' premier clay-court tournament, the French Open, which gets underway on May 26.