The indoor clay-courts of the VTR Open in Vina del Mar, last week, became the place where Rafael Nadal proved to fans that he should still be known as the world’s no.3 male tennis player. He’d already won the Brazil Open once before, although then it was outdoor held at a different location. After winning the tournament this time around, he is now 9 tournaments away from being the most decorated player on clay-courts in the history of the Open Era.
In the final of the ATP 250, the Spaniard played Argentinian David Nalbandien. Nadal began with a little hesitation, but after 4 games of the status-quo – the score being 2-2, Nadal took off winning four games straight to take the first set. However, things were looking down for the top seed as he lost a break in the second game of the set, and because Nalbandien had, again, held his first two games of the set. Yet, Nadal ironed out the errors from the 0-3 deficit to smash six games and win the match 6-2, 6-3. Here are the highlights:
In winning the tournament, his first since Roland Garros in June, he earned 250 ATP points, as well as $82,300. It wasn’t an easy ride for him though, as reflected in his comments on the week in Sao Paulo: “This one I appreciate it the most because of all the struggles I went through during the week, with some problems with my knee some days.”
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