Nadal victorious in Brazil

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Rafael Nadal won his 62nd ATP Tour title in Rio (AP) Rafael Nadal won his 62nd ATP Tour title in Rio (AP)

Rafael Nadal claimed the ATP Rio Open 500 title on Sunday with a straight-sets win over Alexandr Dolgopolov.

The world number one took a routine first set but was then made to battle by the unseeded Ukrainian and needed a tie break to take the second and seal a 6-3 7-6 (7/3) victory.

The Spaniard was serving for the match at 5-4 in the second when Dolgopolov broke back to set up a tense finish but Nadal's class told as he claimed his 62nd ATP tour title.

Nadal, who has never lost a tournament in Brazil, is now just two wins short of Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg on the all-time list.

"Always when you win a title, it's special," Nadal told atpworldtour.com. "In a 500 tournament, you don't have a chance to play a lot of these in the calendar.

"The first edition of a big tournament like Rio, it's a very important city in the world, and after coming back from injury, it always makes the victory a little more special."

Nadal saved two match points to overcome countryman Pablo Andujar in Saturday's semi-final.

He improved to a perfect 5-0 ATP head-to-head record over Dolgopolov, claiming victory in one hour and 41 minutes.

"Yesterday was a tough match," Nadal added. "Pablo played a great match, playing very aggressive. I played too short yesterday and I gave him the chance to have control of the point from inside.

"I'm not very happy with the way I played yesterday, but I think today I was able to play with a little bit more calm, play a little bit longer and go a little bit more for the points. I played a more solid match today."

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