Rafael Nadal: 'Brazil victory marks fresh start'

Rafael Nadal
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Rafael Nadal reacts to his Brazil Open final triumph over David Nalbandian.

Rafael Nadal has said that winning the Brazil Open title will help him make a fresh start in his career.

The Spaniard defeated David Nalbandian 6-2 6-3 in the final in Sao Paolo, securing his first tournament victory after a seventh-month injury layoff.

"I'll definitely enjoy this one because of all the problems that I've gone through with the knee," BBC Sport quotes Nadal as saying.

"When I won for the first time here I was just starting and hopefully this will mark a new beginning."

World number 93 Nalbandian, who surrendered a second-set lead, admitted after the game that he was defeated by a better player.

"I didn't play my best match today, Rafa was much better. I was ahead in the second set but I couldn't take advantage of it," he said.

The Brazil Open triumph is world number five Nadal's 51st on the ATP World Tour.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the Brazil Open ATP tournament after defeating David Nalbandian on February 17, 2013
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