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Nadal beats Robredo in Open Seat Godo final

BARCELONA, Spain -- Defending champion Rafael Nadal defeated
Tommy Robredo 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 Sunday to win the Open Seat Godo title,
topping Bjorn Borg's mark with his 47th straight victory on clay.

Nadal, who won his 12th consecutive final, earned praise from
the 11-time Grand Slam champion.
"I congratulate Nadal," Borg said in a statement. "He's fun
to watch and I hope he wins Wimbledon."
Guillermo Vilas holds the Open-era record with 53 straight wins.
Nadal deflected comparisons to Borg, a five-time Wimbledon winner,
whom he called the greatest player of all time.
"It's nice that he thinks I'm good to watch," Nadal said. "I
thank Borg for his kind words."
Nadal's next goal is to win the upcoming clay-court tournament
in Rome, duplicating his three-tournament streak of last year. Only
Thomas Muster has won those three titles two years running, in
1995-96.
Nadal's third straight-set win over Robredo included a
third-round victory at Madrid and the semifinals at Bastad in 2005.
Nadal broke Robredo's serve in the third game of the first set
and held to lead 3-1. In the second set, Nadal broke in the ninth
game to go up 5-4 and served out the set.
Robredo had difficulty with his first serve in the third-set
rout, while Nadal chased down every ball.
"I knew I had to pressure Tommy hard and make sure he didn't
win the first set," Nadal said.
Robredo, the 2004 Godo champion, reached the semifinals at the
Monte Carlo Masters last week. He said he had recovered from a
recent abdominal injury.
"I want to congratulate Rafa on his win," Robredo said after
the all-Spanish final. "I did all I could, but it wasn't enough."
Nadal is looking forward to the French Open at the end of May.
"I've achieved my main objective here, and I've overtaken
Borg's number of wins," Nadal said. "I guess I could try to go
for Vilas's total in Rome. But I have my sights set on Roland
Garros."