Lots of press and I’m sure there will be more tomorrow, but here’s a sampling to keep you busy gushing about Rafa and basking in the winning after-glow.
“Well to be the first player to [win all three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournaments] is unbelievable,” said Nadal. “I would never have dreamed that I would be able to do so. I’m very happy to have won here and it is especially important to have won in Madrid.
“Beating Roger is always a special occasion. It’s always a very difficult match. And of course winning at home is very special against anyone. So beating him at home is amazing; it’s a dream for me. For me it’s a dream to have won the three [tournaments] before Roland Garros. I want to enjoy that now and we’ll see what happens in two weeks.”
“Neither of us played a perfect match, we both made mistakes,” reflected Nadal. “At times we did play well but I think we know each other so much that we are only focusing on how to make each other play worse. I go for his backhand and that makes the match more strategic and it’s been quite an exciting match. It was a very exciting match, a very level match, as is usually the case, and playing against Roger is a very special experience and quite an honour.”