Nadal collects 40th clay crown
Originally published on: 13/05/13 00:00
The Spaniard saw off Switzerland’s Stanilas Wawrinka 6-2 6-4 in Madrid to capture his fifth title of the season and the 53rd of his career.
"I'm very happy," said Nadal after the win. "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.”
The world No.5 now has 40 clay-court crowns to his name, bringing him level in second place on the all-time list with Thomas Muster and six titles behind Argentine Guillermo Vilas (46).
“I'm very happy for everything that has happened," added Nadal. "Forty titles on clay are far more than I ever dreamed of [winning]."
After his run to the final, Wawrinka returns to No.10 in the world for the first time since October 2008. He replaces Janko Tipsarevic in the top ten.