Madrid Masters 2013: Rafael Nadal revels in ‘special’ victory
Madrid Masters 2013: Rafael Nadal reflects on a "special" victory after brushing Stanislas Wawrinka aside to win the title on home soil
Rafael Nadal reflected on a “special” victory after the Spaniard swept past Stanislas Wawrinka to win the Madrid Masters for the third time.
The world No5 did not drop his serve on the way to a commanding 6-2 6-4 victory over his Swiss opponent in one hour and 11 minutes.
The triumph marks the 26-year-old’s fifth title of the year since his comeback from the knee injury that dogged the second half of his 2012 season.
“Maybe this win is even more special given where I have come back from,” said Nadal. “Playing in Madrid is always very exciting for me and the tournament couldn’t have worked out better.”
“Last season was a difficult season and to play for me was a dream.
“This is the most aggressive I have been in a match. I think these have been intense matches in which I have been able to play well and thanks to this excellent crowd it has been easier.”
Nadal now has 55 career titles to his name, with 40 of those coming on his favourite surface of clay.
“I played my best match of the week in the final,” continued Nadal, who will bid to win a record eighth French Open title later this month.
“Stan is a player that plays with very good angles so at a tactical level I played very well and obviously tennis-wise it was very good as I suffered very little on my own serve.”
Meanwhile, Wawrinka – who will move up into the world’s top 10 despite Sunday’s defeat – admitted he was ruthlessly punished by Nadal for not being at his best.
“He was always dictating the points and against him if you are not 100 per cent then it is impossible,” said the 28-year-old.
“I was not injured, just tired from the last two weeks… I think he was just too difficult and good for me today.”