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Barcelona Open Bance Sabadell 2015

Nishikori Defends Barcelona Open, Defeats Andujar in Final

Finalist Andujar and Champion Nishikori. Photo barcelonaopenbancsabadell.com

atpworldtour.com:  April 26 2015 Barcelona, Spain - Kei Nishikori completed his second successful title defence of the season on Sunday at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, defeating home hope Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-4 at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona.


Nishikori, who earned a three-peat at the Memphis Open earlier in the year, joined former World No. 1's Rafael Nadal, Thomas Muster, Mats Wilander, Ivan Lendl and Ilie Nastase, along with Andres Gomez, as players to retain the Barcelona crown in the Open Era.


After exchanging breaks to open the match, both players remained on serve until the 10th game when Nishikori pounced on an opportunity to claim the opening set. The top seed opened the court with a slew of blistering groundstrokes to grab the decisive break.


Andujar would not be discouraged, breaking immediately to open the second set after drawing an error Nishikoribehind a rifled forehand at Nishikori's feet. The Spaniard pressed for an insurance break two games later, but his Japanese opponent dug deep and would not be denied, leveling the set at 4-4 with a break back in the eighth game and breaking again to seal the win after one hour and 35 minutes.


With Shakira and boyfriend FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique in attendance, the World No. 5 claimed his ninth ATP World Tour trophy overall, improving to a dominant 21-1 when competing as the top seed. Andujar, who falls to 3-4 in tour-level finals, was bidding to become the 12th different Spaniard to emerge with the Trofeo Conde de Godó crown. Prior to Nishikori's title run in 2014, the tournament had boasted a home grown champion for 11 consecutive years.

Barcelona Open Men's Singles Final

1-Kei Nishikori beat Pablo Andujar 6-4 6-4


Barcelona Open Men's Singles Semifinal

1-Kei Nishikori beat 14-Martin Klizan 6-1 6-2

Pablo Andujar beat 3-David Ferrer 7-6(6) 6-3


Barcelona Open Men's Singles Quarterfinal

1-Kei Nishikori beat 7-Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2 3-6 6-1

14-Martin Klizan beat 9-Tommy Robredo 7-6(5) 6-4

3-David Ferrer beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-6(5)

Pablo Andujar beat 13-Fabio Fognini 6-1 6-3


Barcelona Open Men's Singles Round of 16

1-Kei Nishikori beat 15-Santiago Giraldo 6-2 6-1

7-Roberto Bautista Agut beat 10-Pablo Cuevas 7-6(5) 6-2

14-Martin Klizan beat Victor Estrella Burgos 6-4 6-3

9-Tommy Robredo beat Marcel Granollers 6-2 6-2

12-Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Benoit Paire 6-4 7-6(6)

3-David Ferrer beat Elias Ymer 6-3 6-4

Pablo Andujar beat 5-Feliciano Lopez  6-3 6-4

13-Fabio Fognini beat 2-Rafael Nadal 6-4 7-6(6)


Barcelona Open Men's Singles Round of 32

1-Kei Nishikori beat Teymuraz Gabashvil 6-3 6-4

15-Santiago Giraldo beat Joao Sousa 6-3 3-6 6-1

10-Pablo Cuevas beat Roberto Carballes Baena  6-4 7-5

7-Roberto Bautista Agut beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-3 6-4

Victor Estrella Burgos beat 4-Marin Cilic 6-4 6-4  

14-Martin Klizan beat Juan Monaco 5-7 6-0 6-3

9-Tommy Robredo beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3 6-2

Marcel Granollers beat 6-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 6-2

Benoit Paire beat 8-Ernests Gulbis  1-6 6-2 6-3

12Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Andrey Kuznetsov  7-6(1) 6-3

Elias Ymer beat 16-Nick Kyrgios 2-6 7-5 7-6(7)

3-David Ferrer beat Albert Montanes 6-2 6-3

5-Feliciano Lopez beat Marsel Ilhan  6-2 5-7 7-6(5)

Pablo Andujar beat 11-Leonardo Mayer 2-6 6-1 6-2

13-Fabio Fognini beat Andrey Rublev  3-6 6-4 6-1

2-Rafael Nadal beat Nicolas Almagro 6-3 6-1