Rafael Nadal proves his form with masterful Rio win

Rafael Nadal announced his return to full fitness and form with a straight sets win against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov.

updated: February 24, 2014 11:36 IST
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Rio de Janeiro:

World number one Rafael Nadal shrugged off the injury concerns that wrecked his Australian Open bid as he dismantled Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-6 to win the Rio Open on Sunday.

The 13-time Grand Slam winner showed no evidence of the back injury that hampered him in Melbourne as he wrapped up his 48th ATP title against an opponent with no answer to the relentless pressure exerted by the Spanish clay-court legend.

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