After his semifinal performance yesterday there were few who thought Rafa Nadal, who said his knee pain had been worse, would beat David Nalbandian and claim the Brasil title. There were even fewer who thought he would beat Nalbandian comfortably.
Nadal cruised to victory in his second tournament back since a 7 month injury time out, winning 6-2, 6-3.
Nadal, who last won the Brasil tournament in 2005 was understandably delighted with the result. “I’ll definitely enjoy this one because of all the problems that I’ve gone through with the knee. When I won for the first time here I was just starting and hopefully this will mark a new beginning.”
The Spaniard also confirmed, much to his fans relief, that his knee had improved since the semifinals. “When the knee is feeling better like today I feel like that I can do more of the things that I used to do my entire life. If the pain is bearable like it was today, then it’s fine.”