Rafael Nadal is the man at Hamburg. Nadal finally won a title in the European clay court swing beating the Italian Fabio Fognini in straight sets 7-5, 7-5. The match lasted for 2 hrs and 34 minutes and both players shared long rallies and in the end it was the Spaniard who come out on top.
Both the players had a shaky start to the first set with each other failed to hold serve in the opening four games. Nadal was the first one to hold his serve followed by Fognini. After more than one hour Nadal took the first set 7-5. The Spaniard was off to an amazing start in the second set and took the much needed early break and it looked all over for the Italian.
But Fognini had enough legs to come back strong and was able to push the Spaniard. Fognini managed to break Nadal in the ninth game and was serving for the set. However the Italian couldn’t able to hold on to his serve as Nadal broke him immediately. Nadal then went on to close out the set comfortably and emerged victorious.
Nadal maintained a high first serve percentage of 81 and was able to convert 7 of his 15 break points. The Italian managed to hit only 63 % of the first serves in and converted 5 of his 14 break points.
This is a much needed victory for Nadal and this could only boost his confidence further with the US Open series looming around. This is Nadal’s 67th career title and a record equalling 46th title on clay. The 29 year old will move couple of places higher after the new ATP rankings is released.
Rafael Nadal def. Fabio Fognini 7-5, 7-5