For winning his biggest title in this comeback, Rafael Nadal was awarded not only with a silver-looking pear trophy, but also a Mexican Sombrero! Nadal deserved the hat and more after destroying his good friend and countryman David Ferrer 60, 62 to win his 38th career title on clay and his second in Acapulco.
“This was a great week for me and today I played exceptionally well, I dominated the game against the world No. 4 and couldn’t be happier, especially when I think where I am coming from,” Nadal said. “Perhaps the conditions were in my favour but I feel it was maybe one of the best matches of my career.”
Nadal concludes his Latin comeback with a 12-1 record and two titles. And he ended with two of his best wins over Nicolas Almagro yesterday and Ferrer tonight, both in ruthless Rafa fashion. The 30-year-old Ferrer had won 19 straight matches at the event, winning there the last three times. But David was no match for Nadal on this day.
“I wish I could have played a better match but I never found my rhythm,” said Ferrer. “You have good days and bad days. Rafa played really well and I couldn’t do much, and never had any chance. I leave with a positive feeling,”
According to his camp, Rafa will now play in the U.S. on Monday in Madison Square Garden before heading west to Indian Wells.
The post-match trophy presentation is below, fast forward to the end to see Nadal wearing the sombrero:
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