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ATP Indian Wells Sunday results
PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
US$2,919,600 ATP Masters Series Event
Indian Wells, Ca., U.S.A.
March 9-18, 2007
Hard/Outdoor

RESULTS – SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2007
Singles – Final
[2]R Nadal (ESP) d [12]N Djokovic (SRB) 62 75

Doubles – Final
[5] M Damm (CZE) / L Paes (IND) d [6] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) 64 64

FINAL NOTES - NADAL CAPTURES FIRST TITLE SINCE ROLAND GARROS IN IMPRESSIVE FASHION

No. 2 Rafael Nadal captured his seventh career ATP Masters Series title as he defeated No. 12 seed Novak Djokovic 6-2, 7-5 in one hour and 33 minutes on Sunday in the final of the Pacific Life Open.
Nadal broke out to a 4-0 lead in the first set and won 16 of 19 points on serve while taking the opening set. In the second set, Djokovic had three break point chances in the fourth game (his only break points in the match) but Nadal held. The only break came in the 11th game as Nadal hit a backhand crosscourt winner past Djokovic. He then served it out, winning on his third match point.
It was the Mallorca left-hander's first title since repeating his Roland Garros crown last June and he became the first Spaniard to win the Indian Wells title since Alex Corretja in 2000.
The second meeting between the 20-year-old Nadal and 19-year-old Djokovic marked the youngest final in the tournament’s history. It was also the youngest ATP Masters Series final since May 1994 in Hamburg where (19) Andrei Medvedev defeated (20) Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
Nadal, who did not drop a set in six matches, became the first left-hander to win the title since Marcelo Rios (d. Rusedski) in 1998.
Nadal improved his career record to 7-1 in ATP Masters Series finals with his fifth different Masters Series shield (Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Rome, Montreal, Madrid) and 18-3 overall in singles finals. He has the best career winning percentage (.857) in finals of players with 10 or more titles. He has won five ATP titles on hard courts: ATP Masters Series Montreal and Madrid, Beijing (in 2005), Dubai (2006) and Indian Wells (2007). He also reached the ATP Masters Series Miami final in 2005 (l. Federer in five sets). He is 5-2 in his career in hard court finals.
Since his last title at Roland Garros, Nadal had gone 12 tournaments without a title, his longest span since it took him 24 tournaments to win his first ATP title in 2004.
Djokovic, who was appearing in his first ATP Masters Series final, was trying to become the first teenage winner in Indian Wells since Boris Becker (19) in 1987. Becker presented Djokovic with his runner-up trophy during the post-match ceremony.
Djokovic did not drop a set en route to the final and he was attempting to capture his second title of the season (Adelaide). Djokovic is off to a career-best 18-5 start to the season and he will break into the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings for the first time, climbing from No. 13 to No. 10. He is the 18th teenager in the history of the ATP Rankings (since 1973) to break the Top 10.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID
Nadal: "I was very satisfied with my game, for sure with the title. Well, yeah, was very great week for me, very, very important week. And it was very important. I have eight months without any title, but I come back with a big one."

"Well, first thing, for me it was not very hot. It was -- well, when you are not winning, you're thinking, yeah, I need win one title. But always the press ask me, "What's happening right now? You are not winning any title." But the thing is I am in -- well, true I always say the same, but that's true, no? I was playing bad in Toronto and Cincinnati, very bad. But after I play U.S. Open, quarterfinals in the U.S. Open. I always play in (indiscernible), quarterfinals in U.S. Open, quarterfinals in Madrid, semifinals in Shanghai. Well, but tournament in Shanghai, yes, was bad tournament. I was playing very bad tennis. But I was in semifinals, too, and Australia, quartersfinals, too. But I wasn't win, that's true. But I always -- at quarterfinals, semifinals, I always there."

"Seven Masters Series is very good and two grand slams is very good, too, no? But, well, yes, I just thinking about continuing to improve my game. I know if I continuing improve my game, continuing to be in the top positions, I gonna have the chances for a win more title and important titles. So that's my goal. And, for sure, my goal is continuing to have titles and, well, like this, like this one, or try to win another Grand Slam."



Djokovic: "Yeah, first of all, about the match today, I certainly -- Nadal was the better player today. I have to congratulate him. And on the other hand, I didn't play my best tennis, and I know that. And maybe the physical preparation had a little bit of the effect. I didn't -- I was not 100 percent fit. But, again, that is not the reason for my game today. But anyway, in general, generally looking, I'm really satisfied and happy with my tournament and with my start of the season. That's very important to play best tennis on the most important tournaments. And, well, in plans for the future, as I reach the top 10 right now, my goal for this year -- I'm planning to continue forward and I'm really looking forward to the other tournaments and challenges. And I have proven to myself, first of all, and to everybody that I have enough quality to play with the best players in the world. And, of course, there are many things I need to improve on. And, of course, I'm really looking forward to a practice and improve more and try to remain in the top 10 to the end of the year and try to reach the Masters in Shanghai."



"I stepped it up in the second set. I start to be more aggressive and more myself, you know. I think the main problem with the backhand was that I was, in certain situations, especially during the first set, too defensive and that's why I couldn't play spins on his heavy spin from the forehand, and he knew that. He was -- he knew that today it was my more or less weakness. And he used his chances. Well, it was big difference between the first and second set. Like I said before, I was pretty nervous on the start, you know, first time final, crowd, everything. But again, I tried not to think about it, but it didn't work out. You know, he played really good in the start of the match, two breaks, and then it's really difficult to come back. Then second set it was -- I tried to start from the zero and worked out for me, you know. Like I said, I had chances. But turned out to be a loser in the end."





DOUBLES FINAL - DAMM-PAES CAPTURE SECOND TITLE OF SEASON

Fifth-seeded Martin Damm and Leander Paes defeated sixth-seeded Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram 6-4, 6-4, in the doubles final to win their first Indian Wells title. Both teams lost only one set in their previous four matches en route to the final.
Damm-Paes captured their second ATP title of the season in their third final, having won the title in Rotterdam and reached the final in Doha. Since teaming up last year, they are 4-2 in finals.
Erlich-Ram were playing in their second straight final after finishing runner-up in Las Vegas. The Israelis were appearing in their third ATP Masters Series final after finishing runner-up last year in Rome and in Montreal two years ago.
Damm-Paes converted two of six break points while saving all five break points they faced in the one hour and 27 minute final.


WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Damm: "It's only the middle of March and it's great to win two titles already in three finals. The last time I won a Masters Series title was 2002 (Rome) so it's nice to win another one. It's early in the season and this a great push for the rest of the season."



Paes: "Our partnership is 15 months old and all the hard work we put in the beginning of last year is really coming together now. The results really take care of themselves but we are playing like a team that's been together for a few years. I am really enjoying the partnership and traveling together. It's nice."