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Tennis

Nadal extends hot run, wins Madrid Masters
Agencies
Madrid, May 12, 2013
First Published: 23:10 IST(12/5/2013)
Last Updated: 23:13 IST(12/5/2013)

Rafael Nadal sealed his fifth title in seven tournaments since returning from a seven-month injury layoff as he claimed a third Madrid Masters title with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday.

Nadal, who now holds a 9-0 career record over the Swiss, rolled through the first set thanks to two early breaks in little over half an hour.

Nadal now has 55 career titles with 40 coming on clay.

"The truth is that I am very happy and perhaps this victory is even more special where we have come from," he said afterwards.

"Last season was a difficult season and to play for me was a dream. This is the most aggressive I have been," he said.

The world number five started with intent as he broke the world number 15 in his opening service game and was then gifted a second break when Wawrinka double faulted at break point down in the third game.

Serena retains title
Serena Williams retained her Madrid Open title on Sunday with a devastating display to beat world number two Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-4.

The title is Williams' 50th of her singles career and extends her amazing run over Sharapova who she hasn't lost to in 12 meetings since 2004.

"Thank you to everyone, to all my fans and to Maria," she said.

Sharapova though was left to reflect on once again coming up short against Williams.


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