Rafael Nadal swept aside David Nalbandian in the final of the Brazil Open on Sunday. The top seeded Spaniard grabbed his 37th clay-court title in a 6-2, 6-3 battle at Sao Paulo.
This is Rafael Nadal’s first silverware since he defeated Novak Djokovic to win at the Roland Garros in June 2012. The 26-year-old returned to full action last week following a seven-month break from tennis.
Rafael Nadal decided to take call quits on tennis for a temporary period in order to heal from nagging knee injuries. Rafael Nadal went under the knife to make repairs on his damaged left knee.
Finding rhythm appeared to be problematic for Rafael Nadal, who was faced David Nalbandian in his sweat-breaking match since returning to professional tennis. The victory allowed David Nalbandian to improve his overall clay-court tally to 51-22.
This victory has allowed Rafael Nadal to announce his return to the tennis platform, which has been mostly dominated by Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in his absence. Rafael Nadal also won a treasure chest of $82,300 at the Brazil Open.
Rafael Nadal has won the ATP World Tour 250 tournament only the second time in his career. Rafael Nadal last appeared in the tournament in 2005. Back then the tournament was staged outdoors Costa do Sauipe and Rafael Nadal defeated Alberto Martin for the crown.
The former World No. 3 David Nalbandian, who was playing against Rafael Nadal for the seventh time, troubled the fifth seeded Spaniard during the first four sets. It was clear that Rafael Nadal was a mere shadow of himself.
The 2010 Wimbledon winner was unable to set his foot early on in the game. After recording 2-2 Rafael Nadal settled nicely and took the rest of the four easily. The second set began in similar fashion. Rafael Nadal once again fell victim to inconsistent form before sparking a comeback victory.