NADAL RE­TURNS

The Economic Times - - Sports: The Great Games -

Rafael Nadal’s tour­na­ment win in Barcelona on Sun­day has helped him close the gap on Stan Wawrinka in fourth place in the world rank­ings. It was the Spa­niard’s sec­ond ti­tle tri­umph in two weeks on the back of Monte Carlo as he pre­pares for a tilt at an un­prece­dented 10th French Open ti­tle. The win also equalled Guillermo Vi­las’ record of 49 ca­reer clay­court ti­tles. He started last week in fifth place, 1,415 points be­hind reign­ing French Open cham­pion Wawrinka and he ended it just 545 points adrift. The only po­si­tional change in the top 10 saw To­mas Berdych move ahead of David Fer­rer into eighth place with No­vak Djokovic still in top spot by a huge mar­gin over Andy Mur­ray. (points) (SUI) I’m very happy be­cause be­sides this (Barcelona Open) be­ing one of the most im­por­tant tour­na­ments that I have won, this is an­other week that I am play­ing very well. Th­ese have been two fan­tas­tic weeks, weeks I have been striv­ing for a long time — Rafael Nadal on his re­turn to fight­ing form just in time for the French Open

Rafael Nadal with the Barcelona Open tro­phy AFP

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