World No. 1 Rafael Nadal mastered the gusty conditions to steamroll Brit Andy Murray 6-1, 6-2 on Sunday for the title at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
Murray, who humbled Roger Federer 6-1 in the third set in the semifinals, struggled in the wind, losing the last five games of each set.
“I think I have good strategy and I played a really good match with those conditions,” Nadal said. “Probably Andy didn’t play his best because of the conditions, but I think I played a really complete match, moving very well. I never stop the legs during all the match, and I think that was the key today.”
It was the lucky 13th Masters Series title for Nadal to four losses in Masters Series finals.
Murray said he was happy with his effort in Indian Wells.
“I don’t feel like I’m that disappointed just now with how the week went, because I wasn’t expecting to do that well,” said Murray, who was coming off an illness. “I obviously had some very good wins. I got a lot of the matches that I wasn’t necessarily expecting, so going into Miami I’m going to be better prepared than I thought…I’m guessing I’m not going to play in those conditions each week.”
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