In his 7th straight Madrid final, Rafael Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka for his 40th clay crown.
In his 7th straight Madrid final, Rafael Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka for his 40th clay crown.
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Rafael Nadal won his fifth title since returning from a knee injury by beating Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 6-4 in Sunday's final of the Madrid Open.

Cheered on by the home crowd at the Caja Magica, the fifth-ranked Nadal cruised to his 55th career title and extended his head-to-head record with the Swiss to 9-0.

Nadal grabbed the first set in just over half an hour and closed out the second after Wawrinka put up more of a fight.

It was Nadal's seventh straight final since recovering from a nagging case of tendinitis in his left knee that sidelined him for seven months.

Earlier, defending champion Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-4 in the women's final to both retain her No. 1 ranking and collect her 50th career title.

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