Rafael Nadal won with his powerful groundstrokes and with an excellent plan. Adjusting to playing in swirling winds that made it difficult even to toss the ball up to serve, Nadal breezed to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Andy Murray in the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday for his second Indian Wells title in three years.
"The conditions today were really difficult. But I think I had a good strategy and played a really good match under the conditions," Nadal said. "Probably Andy didn't play his best because of the conditions, but I think I played a really complete match, moving very well.
"I never stopped the legs during the match and I think that was the key. Maybe I accepted the conditions a little bit better than him. Maybe I had a little bit more positive attitude than him." No. 1 Nadal explained his windy-day strategy. "I tried to play inside the court, go to the net some, move all the time," he said. "It's important that you know you don't have to find the lines all the time, but hit the ball inside, not so close to the lines."
Murray, ranked fourth, gave him credit. "Rafa dealt with it well. He hit the ball cleaner and just seemed to get himself in better positions than I did.” Murray said.