Another dominant display by Rafa Nadal at Mutua Madrid Open 2013 who will play Stan Wawrinka in the Sunday’s final.
In an all-Spanish semi-final fifth seed Nadal brushed aside 113th-ranked Pablo Andujar to enter his fifth Madrid final – he will be chasing his third crown after conquering the tournament in 2005 and 2010. He put in an overwhelming performance in the opening set in which he lost only nine rallies in total and prevented his countryman to get on the board. Unseeded Andujar opened the second set by winning his first game which helped him settle into the match. Nadal was facing a serious test in the middle of the set when he rescued three break points before making it 3-3. In the end, he broke Andujar at 4-4 and served out the clash in the follow-up game. With his 6-0, 6-4 semifinal victory he reached the final of all seven tournaments he has played this year.
In an almost two hours long battle in-form Wawrinka prevented sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych entering his second consecutive Madrid final. On the other hand, the fifteenth-seeded Swiss has a chance to win his second title in two weeks after the recent Estoril success. Today he started the match by seizing Berdych’s serve in the opening game – he held on to his advantage until adding another break to seal the first set. In the second one the servers were untroubled until a couple of break balls were produced in the ninth game – the Cezch tucked away the second one and confirmed the break to make it one each. In the decider he broke Wawrinka to love to move 4-2 ahead, yet the Swiss had enough fuel left in his tank to pull off a crucial comeback by winning the remaining four games of the semi-final. He advanced with 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and will be hoping to lift his fifth ATP trophy when facing Nadal whom he has not beaten yet in the previous eight attempts.