Spain's Fernando Verdasco beat Robin Soderling of Sweden 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to win the Barcelona Open on Sunday.
Verdasco ensured an eighth straight Spanish winner after bettering the second-seeded Soderling in a battle of baseline groundstrokes. Fifth-seeded Verdasco broke Soderling in consecutive service games to take the first set before faltering in the second. Verdasco scored the decisive break in the fourth game of the last set when Soderling hit wide. Verdasco served out the match for his second title of the season in his third final appearance.