Rafael Nadal beats Stanislas Wawrinka to win Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal beat Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2 6-4 to win the Madrid Open.

The Spaniard went through the match without dropping serve, winning the tournament for the third time.

Nadal was in impressive form on his favourite surface, winning his fifth title of the year since returning from a left knee injury.

"Maybe this win is even more special given where I have come back from," the 26-year-old said.

"Playing in Madrid is always very exciting for me and the tournament couldn't have worked out better."

The 11-time Grand Slam winner now has a 9-0 record against Wawrinka, beating him in an hour and 11 minutes.

Sunday's final came two weeks before Nadal begins the defence of his French Open title, in the climax to the clay-court season.

Nadal added: "I'm here and next week I will be in Rome and I will be thinking about Rome. I won't be thinking Roland Garros.

"When it comes we will think about Roland Garros, which is a pretty important tournament, of course, but it's not the only one in the world.

"If you told me four months ago all this would have happened and I wasn't going to do well in Roland Garros I would tell you, yes, I will sign [for] that with my eyes closed."

Wawrinka went into Sunday's final on a nine-match winning streak, having won his seventh ATP title last week at the Portugal Open.

Despite defeat to Nadal, the 28-year-old returns to the world's top 10 next week for the first time in five years.

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