|Spain's Rafael Nadal returns a ball to David Ferrer of Spain during their Barcelona Open tennis final, April 24, 2011. (REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino)
Barcelona, Spain – Rafael Nadal captured his sixth Barcelona Open title with a straight-set win over fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in Sunday's final.
Nadal followed up his victory over Ferrer in last week's Monte Carlo final with a 6-2, 6-4 triumph for his 31st career title on clay, which moved him past Bjorn Borg and Manuel Orantes for third all-time in the Open Era (1968). Guillermo Vilas sits atop the list with 45 and Thomas Muster is second with 40.
The top-ranked player in the world, Nadal, who won this event five straight years from 2005-09, improved to 45-15 for his career in championship matches and 13-4 lifetime against his compatriot.
Ferrer, meanwhile, was bidding for his third title of 2011, having previously captured the tournaments in Auckland and Acapulco. Sunday's loss dropped him to 11-12 all-time in title matches.
Ferrer also finished as a runner-up to Nadal at this event in 2008 and 2009.