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Nishikori Takes Barcelona

Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori of Japan has beaten Santiago Giraldo of Colombia to become the first non-Spaniard to win in Barcelona since Gaston Gaudio of Argentina won it in 2002. This was the first final at the Conde de Godó to have no Spaniard in the final since 1996.

After dropping his first service game of the match Nishikori dominated Giraldo, thereafter, winning 6-2, 6-2, to take his fifth career title, and first ever on clay for the 24-year-old Japanese superstar. Giraldo, 26, was in his second ATP final, though he has yet to take a trophy.

Cover Photo (Creative Commons License): Marianne Bevis

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