Rafael Nadal's victory in Indian Wells shows he's improved

Written by Barry Cowan on . Posted in On the Net

Rafael Nadal: won his 53rd ATP singles title, and third of the year

Rafael Nadal has clearly lost none of his fire and, on the evidence of his incredible victory in Indian Wells, has returned in 2013 as an improved player.

Rafa has always been intelligent and it is now abundantly clear that he's thought very carefully about his game during his seven months out injured and worked hard on certain areas to ensure that he keeps pace with the best in the world.

Rafael Nadal: won his 53rd ATP singles title, and third of the year

His victory over Juan Martin del Potro in Sunday's final - his 17th win in 18 matches since returning from injury - not only takes Nadal back up to fourth in the world but also serves notice to Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer that the fight remains.

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