Tennis News Malaga, 24 April, 2016. By Gabriel Garcia /

Confirming the optimal sensations he is showing lately, Rafael Nadal has won his ninth Conde de Godo, in a magnificent and competitive final defeating Japanese Kei Nishikori by the score of 6-4 7-5. Nadal thus confirms the excellent moment he is going through and shows, a week after he did it at the Country Club, that the terrible ordeal of 2015 is fully overcome.

With this victory Nadal reaches 49 titles on clay, tying the legendary register, absolute ATP record, that Guillermo Vilas held since he triumphed in Kitzbuhel in 1983. A mark, which according to the dynamic Nadal is showing, could be pulverized this season. Most ATP titles on clay

Nadal´s balance on clay stands at 358 wins 32 losses, for a great percentage of 91,79%. Federer, with 87,65% victories on grass and Djokovic with 84,23% on hard, are far from the spectacular record of the Spanish, that merits once more his honorific title as best player on clay ever. Wins highest % on clay

This new victory in Barcelona also allows Nadal tie Roger Federer´s mark of 17 titles in tournaments ATP 500 or equivalent, that is, including the Championship Series and International Gold Series which took place from 1990 to 2008. In this category, Federer has won in Dubai (7), Basel (4), Rotterdam and Vienna (2), Halle and Tokyo. For his part, Nadal adds to his nine titles in Barcelona two in Stuttgart and Acapulco and one in Dubai, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Hamburg. Most titles ATP500 and equivalent

The Balearic overtakes again Federer in the struggle that both keep for the record of ATP titles outdoors. Nadal sets the mark at 67 titles, breaking the fourth tie he has had with the Swiss in the last 15 months. Nadal outdoor titles

In addition, Nadal also puts the third “9” in his track record. To get an idea of the value of the Balearic feat, all we need to know is that throughout the Open Era of tennis no player has been able to win a tournament for 9 times. Rafa has done so in three different tournaments. In the history of tennis, only Herbert Ropert-Barrett and Jean Borotra have been able to win 9 times or more in three different tournaments. The British did it in the heroic times of tennis, winning the Championship of Suffolk, Essex and the one of the East of England – official, but no high level, tournaments of the British Lawn Tennis Association- on multiple occasions. As for the French musketeer, he won 12 times the France Championship indoor and the Cup Albert Canet and 11 times the British Championship indoor. Most titles in a single tournament (all time)

The final was very hard, with the services of both players always hanging by a thread. In the first set, Nadal survived once more to the problems caused by Nishikori who had almost always the initiative. The Japanese, more aggressive and playing offence, disposed of eight break point, but he only could convert one. Rafa held all the pounding and he set the 5-4 to take advantage, with his usual mastery, of the Japanese´s pressure, who served in the tenth game with no room for error.

In the second set, Nadal, full of self-confidence, accelerated the pace of game and he disposed of a 4-1 and break point. But Nishikori didn’t give up and he reacted saving the game and breaking Rafa´s service game. The Japanese held on till 6-5 where the pressure choked him again.

Nadal, with 48,66%, led again the statistics of return points won in the tournament, something that he already did in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 (counting the results of players with 3 or more matches). His confidence and effectiveness when he comes to retrieve has always been one of the hallmarks of the Balearic. His statistics in this section, both in Monaco and Barcelona, clearly shows the spectacular form he is going through. Conde de Godo 2016 stats

Another remarkable record in this 64th Edition of Conde de Godo was carried out by Feliciano Lopez; the Spanish played his 16th edition of the tournament, matching the mark of Manuel Orantes. Tommy Robredo, who aspired to share the mark with them, could not finally overcome his physical problems and he had to give up his participation. Conde de Godo book of records

In Bucharest, Fernando Verdasco won the title defeating clearly Lucas Pouille 6-3 6-2 in a final which had to be postponed until Monday because of rain. It is the first title for Verdasco since he won in Houston two years ago, seventh of his career. Pouille, a player who has been doing great results in recent weeks, missed his first chance to inaugurate his track record of ATP titles.

Verdasco could finally translate into a great result the good level of play he is showing. The Spanish has signed some great statistics this week, leading the classification of aces (33) and the percentage of service points won (71,89%), giving up only four breaks in the tournament. Romanian Open 2016 stats

The coming week top-10 will take a break; Gilles Simon, David Goffin and Bernard Tomic will seeded the tournaments in Estoril, Munich and Istanbul, respectively. Without a doubt, it is a good opener before the Masters 1000 tournament that lie ahead, Madrid and Rome.