Barcelona Open Banc
RESULTS - SUNDAY, 27 APRIL 2014
feel great about the week. It was not an easy day for
me. Kei played very good. I have good feelings about my
play and my improvement."
Singles - Final
 K Nishikori (JPN) d S Giraldo (COL) 62 62
Doubles - Final
[LL] J Huta Galung
(NED) / S Robert (FRA) d  D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic
(SRB) 63 63
NISHIKORI EARNS MAIDEN CLAY TROPHY; DUTCH-FRENCH DUO
UPSET FORMER CHAMPIONS
Nishikori lifted his third different trophy at the ATP
World Tour 500 level and first at a clay-court event
after defeating Giraldo in 73 minutes.
• The Japanese
No. 1 improves to 5-1 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series
against Giraldo and ascends five spots to No. 12 in the
Emirates ATP Rankings, one position shy of his career
• Nishikori’s title marks the first by a
non-Spaniard in Barcelona in 12 years, since Argentine
Gaston Gaudio prevailed in 2002.
• The Dutch-French
team of Huta Galung and Robert upset fifth seeds and
two-time former champions Nestor and Zimonjic in 55
• Huta Galung had previously finished
runner-up in two ATP World Tour doubles finals at 2008
Amersfoort (w/ Sijsling) and 2013 ABN AMRO World Tennis
Tournament in Rotterdam (w/ de Bakker). Robert was
contesting his first title match.
• Nestor had been
attempting to lift his fifth Barcelona crown, while
Zimonjic had been going for his fourth trophy at the ATP
World Tour 500 clay-court tournament. As a team, they
had been looking to win their 26th tour-level
• Nestor is now 83-55 in finals, while
Zimonjic is 50-33.
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID
Nishikori: "I was playing well. I felt I
should be in the final and I'm very happy to win.
"This title and [my run in] Miami helped my
confidence, especially this week on clay. There are
three big tournaments coming up in Madrid, Rome and
Roland Garros so I hope I can do well and increase my
[Emirates ATP Rankings] points. My next goal is to get
to the Top 10."
Huta Galung: “It’s a funny story,
because on Friday I asked [Robert] to play doubles but
we weren’t sure if we would be playing. We got in as
lucky losers and we won the tournament. It is an amazing
tournament. I am happy to have played with Stephane. He
played well all week.”