World no.5 Rafael Nadal won his 5th title this year in the 7 tournaments he played after his comeback from knee injury. If he continue his form like this, we can see great contest from top players who faces Rafa in quarters itself. The draw will be interesting at Roland Garros.
Yesterday, here at Madrid, Rafa thrashed Stan to clinch 40th clay title. Stan had literally no options or no variety to conquer Rafa. Rafa hitting winners more oftenly.
First set it is all Nadal way, Stan waited till 5th game to score game on the board, and each one hold their serves to end the set with 6-2.
Second set, Stan fought hard, it was supposed to be a tie breaker in the second set, but Nadal stopped this long process by breaking the service game and gain lead 4-3, and he served for match after holding their serves. 6-4
“Since we started playing on clay in Europe, I’ve realised that my drive is working again at its high level. I’m able to open the angles and play a lot of winning points. I couldn’t do that in Barcelona or Monte Carlo; over here I could… It’s true these last matches I have been able to reach that place where I want to be playing, the kind of play that I’m aiming for.”-Rafael Nadal
“I think he started really well. Even if I’m playing my best tennis and [am] completely fresh, it’s really, really tough to beat him. It was tough for me. The ball was flying. I didn’t find out a way how to play my game [and] how to be aggressive on the court. He was also dictating the points. [Nadal’s] a lefty and puts so much topspin on his forehand, so I have to [play my] backhand always high. So I need to have the perfect timing to play a strong shot. You could see today [that] if I don’t have the legs to get there, I have no chance to come back in the point. So many times [today] he hit one [or] two forehands to my backhand and I could come back.” – Stanislas Wawrinka
next tournament : Rome masters.