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With under a month to go to the French Open, Rafael Nadal signaled that he is is in good shape and on top of his game.
On Sunday, Nadal won his seventh Barcelona Open crown by beating his fellow countryman David Ferrer 7-6(1),7-5. Nadal had already beaten World No.1 Novak Djokovic and ended his losing streak against the Serbian by claiming his eighth straight Monte-Carlo Masters crown. If he wasn't before, he is surely the man to beat at the French Open now.
"It's almost unimaginable to win here seven times," Nadal said. "It's a special tournament for me, at home in my club. To win at home in front of the people you know is always more special. I played at a very high level to win in Monte Carlo and now Barcelona without losing a set, but I've been playing at a high level from the beginning of the year starting in Australia. The emotions are always high, but probably each year they get a bit higher as you are one year older and you don't know how many chances you are going to have left. It was a very equal match [against Ferrer]. He didn't let me play my best level in the first set. I feel sorry for David and hope he can win here one day because he deserves it. Of course I am very happy to win two titles in a row and to start the clay court season like this."
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