RAFAEL NADAL became the first player in the Open Era to win two tournaments seven times after beating
7-6 (1), 7-5 in Sunday's Barcelona Open final.
The second-ranked Nadal's 21st straight victory on clay followed up his eighth straight win in Monte Carlo, as Nadal won the 10th all-Spanish ATP final for a 48th career win.
The sixth-ranked Ferrer lost his fourth Barcelona Open final to Nadal, who saved 12 of 15 break points for a 34th straight victory at Barcelona.
Nadal skipped toward the net in celebration after hitting a backhand winner on match point. The six-time French Open champion displayed his normal resilience and steady play to overcome Ferrer in a match marked by grinding rallies and spectacular shotmaking more reminiscent of a major final.
"This is the hardest match I had on clay court this season, David always takes you to the limit," Nadal told Spanish state TV. "A bit of it was lottery, luck fell on my side today."
In another tournament
* Second-ranked Maria Sharapova cruised past top-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-4 to win the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, for her first title of the year.
Sharapova lost the finals of the Australian Open and Indian Wells this year to Azarenka, and the Russian had never beaten her rival from Belarus in four previous encounters in a final.
Sport Stops *
Southern Miss is set to hire Morehead State's
as its next men's basketball coach, a person familiar with the move told the Associated Press. According to the source, who requested anonymity, Tyndall has agreed to a 4-year deal and is expected to be introduced on Monday afternoon. The 41-year-old Tyndall coached at Morehead State the past six seasons, leading the program to two NCAA Tournament appearances, including an upset of Louisville in the first round in 2011. He takes over for
, who was hired as Colorado State's men's coach earlier this month.
* Will Power won IndyCar's Sao Paulo 300 in Brazil for the third straight time. The Australian was hardly challenged on the streets of South America's biggest city, finishing ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay on the 2 1/2-mile, 11-turn Anhembi circuit.
* Dynaformer, the sire of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, has died at Three Chimneys Farm in Versailles, Ky., 2 weeks after having a heart attack in his stall. The 27-year-old stallion was one of the most successful sires in the thoroughbred industry with 21 crops that have earned more than $105 million, including 130 stakes winners and 18 millionaires.
* A person familiar with the ruling says Britain's lifetime Olympic ban for doping offenders has been declared unlawful by sports' top court. The person says the Court of Arbitration for Sport has backed the World Anti-Doping Agency's assertion that its code is violated by the British Olympic Association's bylaw. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the CAS verdict is not being publicly released until Monday. The ruling means sprinter Dwain Chambers and cyclist David Millar are now eligible to compete at the London Olympics.
* American Paul Malignaggi (31-4) stopped previously undefeated Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-1) in the ninth round to take the WBA welterweight title in Donetsk, Ukraine. The referee stepped in to halt the fight at 1:10 in the ninth after Malignaggi pounded the left side of Senchenko's face until his eye closed.