Rafael Nadal capped a turbulent first two months of 2015 with the Argentina Open title, defeating Argentina’s Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-1.
A two-hour rain delay proceeded the Spaniard’s first title of the year after losses in his first three events of the year.
“I’m really happy because I have not been a champion for a long time,” Nadal said.
Nadal this year lost first round at Doha, in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, and last week cramped against Fabio Fognini in a semifinal loss at Rios.
“I played my best of the week,” Nadal said. “That is great news for me because I’m trying to gain more confidence.”
The unseeded Monaco was attempting to become the first Argentine champion at the event since David Nalbandian in 2008.
“It was a difficult week at first, but then I took confidence and I think I’m slowly returning to my best,” Monaco said.
Nadal improved to 65-28 in career finals while Monaco fell to 8-12, looking for his first title since 2013.
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