(CNN) -- Spain's Rafael Nadal has beaten compatriot David Ferrer 6-2 6-4 in the final of the Barcelona Open to claim his sixth win at the event.
Nadal took one hour and 49 minutes to overcome the world number six in front of a packed crowd at the Real Club de Tenis on Sunday.
"It's unbelievable. I'm very happy to come back and win here after not playing last year (because of a knee injury). It was a difficult decision, it's a always a special dream to play in this tournament," Nadal said, AFP reported.
Earlier, Nadal had wasted no time in sprinting into a one set lead, but Ferrer showed resistance in the second, managing to break the clay court maestro's serve in the fifth game to lead 4-2.
But the world number one broke back immediately and in the ninth game secured a second service break before going on to serve out the match.
The Spaniard praised his opponent after the match saying Ferrer "deserves to win a major title," because "he's doing very well week after week."
Nadal now lies alone in third place on the all-time clay-court trophy winners list with 31 career titles to date, with only Argentina's Guillermo Vilas (45 titles), and Austrian Thomas Muster (40) ahead of him.
The 24-year-old has now won 34 consecutive matches on clay since his last defeat to Robin Soderling in the fourth round of the French Open in 2009.