MUTUA MADRID OPEN 2013
Nadal Outclasses Andujar In Madrid; Continues Quest For 55th Title
by ATP Staff|
Rafael Nadal will attempt to capture his 23rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy on Sunday in the Mutua Madrid Open final.
Nadal will contest his seventh straight final – since his return from a seventh-month injury lay-off in early February – against Stanislas Wawrinka. Nadal has a perfect 8-0 mark against Wawrinka, the recent Portugal Open champion.
The 2005 and 2010 Madrid champion defeated fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar, a wild card entry, 6-0, 6-4 in 77 minutes on Saturday afternoon.
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Nadal required 27 minutes to win the first set 6-0. He lost just nine points.
“Rafa committed very few unforced errors,” said World No. 113 Andujar. “In the first set he was very aggressive, and I was a little bit nervous. Rafa was much more superior than me in the first set.”
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Andujar settled his nerves by winning the first game of the second set, which was more competitive. At 2-3, Nadal was forced to save three break points at 15/40 and Advantage. It restored his confidence.
By breaking Andujar at 4-4, the World No. 5 went on to clinch his 30th match win of the season with a hold to 15.
He finished with a forehand winner into the corner and now stands one match win from joining Thomas Muster on 30 clay-court titles. Guillermo Vilas is the Open Era clay-court titles leader with 45 crowns.
“I've only played seven tournaments [and] I don't know if I'm going to be able to compete to win Roland Garros,” said Nadal. “I don't know it today. The only thinking I have is that how I [have] played until now has been really good. The results have been really positive.
“Today I'm enjoying my path to the final in one of the most important tournaments in the world. We go step by step, week by week even when we get to Roland Garros.”
Nadal has a 4-2 record in ATP World Tour finals in 2013. He has won 54 singles trophies during his career.
“I hope that I can repeat what I've done here and learn from this defeat,” said Andujar. “I'll keep on looking forward. I hope that I can remember this in a future semi-final of [an ATP World Tour] Masters 1000… I don't doubt that I can be up in the Top 30 (of the Emirates ATP Rankings). If I keep on working and playing as I am right now, I think that will come.”
Bryans Reach 133rd Team Final
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan will attempt to capture their 23rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy and 87th crown (86-46 overall) on Sunday in the doubles final. The American twins came through a 6-3, 6-7(1), 10-4 semi-final victory over Jeremy Chardy and Lukasz Kubot in 83 minutes.
Seventh seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares knocked out Spaniards David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 7-5 in 79 minutes to reach their seventh team final (5-1 overall). It will be their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final as a team, although Soares partnered Juan Ignacio Chela to the 2011 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters championship (l. to Bryans).