World No.1 Rafael Nadal defeated British Andy Murray 6-1, 6-2 to win the 2009 Indian Wells ATP Masters title. The win came in very difficult conditions as the winds roared during the entire match and both the players were struggling to stay balanced on the court.
Nadal looked fierce from the start and he simply didn’t give any chance to Murray in the whole match. He was playing in the tournament as the first seed for the first time, after Roger Federer ruled the roost in the past five years.
“I played a really good match with those conditions,” Nadal said. “Probably Andy didn’t play his best because of the conditions, but I think I played a really complete match, moving very well. I never stop the legs during all the match, and I think that was the key today.”
Murray, however, had a lot of difficulty dealing with the climate conditions in the California desert.
“Rafa dealt with it very well,” Murray said. “He hit the ball cleaner and seemed to get himself in better positions than I did.
Indian Wells was certainly a happy experience for Murray as he now closes in to World No.3 Novak Djokovic because of his brilliant performance in the tournament. He defeated Federer in the process of setting up a final with Nadal. Djokovic, on the other hand, lost to American Andy Roddick in the quarter-finals.
Nadal now holds thirteen Masters titles, just one behind Federer.
Meanwhile, Vera Zvonareva of Russia defeated defending champion Serbian Ana Ivanovic 7-6 (5), 6-2 to take the women’s title. The victory came a day after she won the Doubles title with partner Victoria Azarenka. She is the only woman player, other than Lindsay Davenport, to win both Singles and Doubles titles in the same year at Indian Wells.