For Rafael Nadal to win the title on the hard courts of Indian Wells Sunday, after being sidelined for 7 months, is nothing short of remarkable.It was his first hard court tournament in a year, and he had to defeat Martin Del Potro, who had ambushed Rafael on a similar hard surface at the U.S. Open several years ago. Sunday Nadal looked very much like the champion who has amassed 11 majors by age 26. With the victory he wins his 22nd masters 1000 tourney, one more than the great Roger Federer. Since his amazing return from a leg injury that many feared to be career threatening, his record is 17-1, 13-0 vs. top ten opponents. He has played 4 events in his comeback, his results: final,title,title,and title. Not bad.
Rafael will skip Miami and prepare for the European clay court season, where on the red dirt he has been nearly invincible. This swing culminates with the French Open, the years 2nd major. How about another Nadal-Djokovic final.Nadal didn't have to defeat Murray or Novak at Indian Wells, but their confrontations seem inevitable.But for now, Nadal seems like he he is all the way back. Great news for the sport of tennis. Vamos!!!!
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