Nadal wins Mercedes Cup

July 24, 2005 at 9:47 PM

STUTTGART, Germany, July 24 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal recorded a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, win Sunday over Gaston Gaudio in the finale of the Mercedes Cup at Stuttgart, Germany.

The 19-year-old Nadal, a native of Spain and the top seed, now has a 34-match winning streak on clay. Thomas Muster of Austria holds the record with 40 straight victories on clay in 1995.

The left-hander, who is the reigning French Open champion, hasn't lost on the surface since early April. He has won eight events on it this year, is 49-2 overall on clay and earned $125,000 for the victory.

Gaudio, No. 3, won at Gstaad two weeks ago. He earned $66,000 as the runner-up.

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