Nadal continues to make history

Updated: April 30, 2012

Rafael Nadal confirmed his status as king of clay when the Spanish powerhouse won his seventh Barcelona Open title with a high-quality 7-6 (7/1), 7-5 defeat of David Ferrer.

The world No2 went from one history-making weekend to another after claiming an unprecedented eighth straight Monte Carlo title a week ago in Monaco where he beat world No1 Novak Djokovic.

Seven days later, he took nearly three hours to add to his records in Barcelona as he held off compatriot Ferrer.

On the WTA Tour, Russia’s Maria Sharapova beat world No 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-1 6-4 in the Stuttgart clay to claim her first WTA tour title of the year