Congrats to Rafael Nadal and his fans. The Spaniard wrapped up his French Open preperations in the very best possible was hammering his rival Roger Federer 61, 63 to win a seventh Rome Italian Open title.
“It was a very emotional and important victory for me. I know Roger knows he did not have his best day today, he tried to play very aggressive and he made more mistakes than usual,” Nadal said. “I played well, I did the things well the whole match, the whole week. I’m very happy. To have this trophy with me today it means a lot.”
After seven months of recover from a knee injury, the return of Nadal to tennis has been the story of the season. Rafa has incredibly made the finals of all eight events he’s played winning five of them.
“I came back with a lot of energy after this break,” he said. “When you have difficult times you come back with more passion and illusion than ever.
“If you told me four or five months ago that after eight tournaments I would have won six titles from eight finals, I would say you are crazy,” said Nadal. “To win three Master 1000 and two 500 tournaments is more than I ever dreamed.
Rafa has now won his last 15 matches since losing to Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo. The win also puts him back in the Top 4 so he’ll be at worst a No. 4 seed at the French Open next week.
He’s also leads all players in points earned in 2013. And we haven’t even played the French Open yet.
“If I play like this and I arrive to Roland Garros and somebody beats me I shake his hand,” he said. “I am happy and I am playing much better that some months ago and I am doing the right things to play well.”
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