World number one Rafael Nadal returned to winning ways as he captured his seventh title of the season with a straight sets win over Gael Monfils of France in the Japan Open on Sunday.
Nadal was beaten in the semifinals of the preceding Thailand Open and had to survive two match points against Serbia’s Viktor Troicki to reach the final where he made no mistake against Monfils.
The 24-year-old Spaniard cruised to a 6-1 7-5 win over the fifth seed who wants to continue the domination he has shown this season by winning three grand slams.
"It’s very important for me to win a title. I want to finish the season well, and it’s a perfect way to finish the season. So I’m happy for that. I enjoy this moment, because winning a title is difficult," he told the official ATP Tour website.
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