Rafael Nadal wins Madrid Masters 2013, defeats Wawrinka in final

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Unstoppable Rafa Nadal wins his fifth tournament of the season after crushing Stan Wawrinka in the Mutua Madrid Open 2013 final in straight sets.

Fifteenth seed Wawrinka did not stand any chances against dominant Nadal who conquered Madrid Open for the third time and obtained his 40th clay-court title, the 55th in total. He started the final furiously as he broke his Swiss opponent two times to build a 4-0 lead. No more break balls were generated in the opening set which Rafa served out with an ace and by holding to love. He won 89% of his service points in this part of the match.

In the second set Wawrinka managed to save three break points in the fifth game, but suffered a decisive loss of serve a couple of games later – Nadal, who did not face any break ball threats during the final, wrapped up the proceedings by converting his first match ball after Wawrinka missed a forehand shot. The king of clay thus lifted his fifth trophy in 2013 after a 6-2, 6-4 triumph, improving his perfect head-to-head record against the Swiss to 9-0. The new Madrid champion – he succeeded Roger Federer – dropped only seven points on his serve during the match.

“I’m very happy,” Nadal said after winning the title. “I think I played a really good match. I think I played the best match of the whole week today in the final. Being able to play here in Madrid and being able to win in front of all my people, is something really special.”

At the same time, this was the end of Wawrinka’s nine-match winning streak. However, he will return to the Top 10 of ATP Rankings next week for the first time after October 2008.

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