Rafael Nadal hails ‘very important’ Hamburg Open win

Rafael Nadal admits his delight after winning his third title of the year at the Hamburg Open

Rafael Nadal reflected on a “very important” victory after beating Fabio Fognini in straight sets to win the Hamburg Open title.

The Spaniard, who was in action for the first time since being knocked out of Wimbledon in the second round, beat his Italian opponent 7-5 7-5 on clay to wrap up his third title of the year.

“I lost the last two times against him, so I knew it was going to be a tough one,” said Nadal.

“I think I had a great attitude the whole match, very positive, fighting for every ball. I had some tough moments on court, lost opportunities, but every time I came back and I kept fighting with the right mentality. I’m very happy for the victory. It is an important victory for me.”

Nadal continued: “Now the hard-court season is starting, it’s a different story. But at the same time, I’ll keep going with the same mentality and this title helps to be a little bit more calm and add some points to my [Emirates ATP] Ranking to try to finish the year in the top eight again.”

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