Rafael Nadal has hailed his record breaking BNP Paribas open victory as one of the most memorable of his career.
Nadal battled from a set down to beat Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro, to claim his third Indian Wells title.
Nadal was understandably ecstatic with the win as he continues his comeback from a serious knee injury that almost forced an abrupt end to his career. The seven month lay off with injury forced Nadal out of the top four in the world, but victory at Indian Wells menat he regained his place amongst Tennis’ elite.
He also beat long time rival Roger Federer on his way to the title, proving beyond doubt that the Spaniard is well and truly back In the mix at the top level.
“It’s probably one of the most emotional victories of my career,” said Nadal. “The support since I came back has been huge.
“It’s an unforgettable week for me and an unforgettable tournament.”
Victory ensured a career-best start to the ATP World Tour for Nadal, who has won seventeen 17 out of 18 matches with 14 consecutive wins.
“When you have one comeback like I’m having, you remember all the low things, lower moments that you had during the seven months,” Nadal told the ATP’s official website.
“Hopefully I passed and can just remember all the people that really helped me a lot during all this time.
“A lot of things happened the last seven months, [so] to be back here and to have this very heavy trophy with me is amazing.
“Beating three top 10 players and winning a title like this is just something unbelievable for me. I’m very, very happy and very emotional.”
Nadal has confirmed that he will not be playing at the upcoming Sony Open, but he will return at the Monte Carlo Masters next month.