Madrid, Spain (Sports Network) – Rafael Nadal overpowered Stanislas Wawrinka with a masterful service game in the Madrid Open final on Sunday.
The fifth-seeded Nadal didn’t face a break point while cruising to a 6-2, 6-4 victory on the outdoor red clay court at the Magic Box.
Nadal dropped only seven points on serve and broke the 15th-seeded Wawrinka three times on 11 opportunities.
The Spaniard captured his 40th career clay title, matching Thomas Muster for the second-most in the Open Era, and joined Roger Federer as the only other three-time Madrid champ. He added to his triumphs in 2005 and 2010.
Nadal appeared in his seventh final in as many events this year since recovering from a left knee injury that sidelined him for seventh months, improving to 5-2. He claimed his 55th career singles title and a 23rd ATP…
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