MADRID, SPAIN (MAY 11, 2013) (IMG/TPL) - Rafael Nadal is one win away from a fifth title since returning from injury after the Spanish world number five thumped compatriot Pablo Andujar 6-0 6-4 on Saturday (May 11) to reach the Madrid Open final.
With his customary strapping on the troublesome left knee that sidelined him for seven months, home favourite Nadal was in scintillating form as he raced through the first set on the sun-drenched clay of Manolo Santana centre court.
Andujar, a tournament wildcard ranked 113 in the world, put up more of a fight in the second but Nadal secured a fourth break in the ninth game and served out to move a step closer to his third title at the Masters event in the Spanish capital.
"I'm happy, I'm happy that I am able to keep competing and keep competing at a very, very high level, having chances against every player that I've played," Nadal told reporters at a news conference.
"Every match for me means a lot to me, every victory and seriously playing at home is always a very, very special feeling and having that chance is just amazing so I just say thank you very much to everybody who made it possible," the Spaniard added.