Rafael Nadal, Spaniard extraordinaire, cannot stay out of the tennis headlines. At every turn, he is ticking off more records and this week, at Spain’s oldest tennis club, the prestigious Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899, is no exception.
Nadal already owns a replica trophy in recognition of his five consecutive wins in Barcelona—2005 to 2009. Now, at the event which began life as the International Championships of Spain, Nadal joins forces in the final with another Spaniard, David Ferrer, in an attempt to get his name on this trophy for the sixth time.
Nadal did not play in last year's event so, with his defeat of Ivan Dodig in the semi-finals, he takes his unbeaten stretch to 28 matches, and he also keeps the number of sets lost since his 2003 Barcelona debut to just two.
Nadal has already managed other records this week: more of that later. First, however, this popular, fashionable and—it seems—record-setting tournament has a few other notable performances to celebrate.