Madrid - Rafael Nadal sealed his fifth title in seven tournaments since returning
from a seven-month injury layoff as he claimed a third Madrid Masters title
with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday.
Nadal, who now holds a 9-0 career record over the Swiss, rolled through the
first set thanks to two early breaks in little over half an hour.
And after a little more resistance from Wawrinka in the second, Nadal broke
again to go ahead 4-3 before serving out to claim his 23rd Masters Series
Nadal now has 55 career titles with 40 coming on clay.
"The truth is that I am very happy and perhaps this victory is even
more special where we have come from," he said afterwards.
"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."
The world number five started with intent as he broke Wawrinka in his
opening service game and was then gifted a second break when the world number
15 double faulted at break point down in the third game.
Wawrinka then received treatment for a thigh injury as he struggled having
come through demanding three-set matches against Grigor Dimitrov, Jo-Wilfred
Tsonga and Tomas Berdych in the last three days.
And Nadal went onto serve out the first set with little difficulty 6-2.
Wawrinka did manage to keep the second set on serve early and even saved
three break points to move 3-2 in front.
However, he still couldn't pressure the Nadal serve as the 11-time Grand
Slam champion wasn't even forced to face a break point in the whole match, and
in Wawrinka's next service game another double fault gave Nadal a 4-3 lead.
And much to the home crowd's delight, Nadal served it out to extend his
remarkable record to 32-2 since returning from his tendinitis injury in