Since returning from a seven-month layoff, Rafael Nadal has been virtually unstoppable. Nadal capped off his 17-1 run since his return over the weekend by capturing the BNP Paribas Open title. It was the 22nd Master’s title of his career, which is a record. Nadal took down Juan Martin Del Potro, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, to win the tournament. Del Potro earned his spot in the final with wins over No. 3 ranked Andy Murray and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
The win in Indian Wells is the third since his return, with the previous two coming in Sao Paulo and Acapulco.
With the win, Nadal will go from No. 5 to No. 4 in the world rankings.
“When you have a comeback like I’m having, you remember all the low things, the lower moments that you had during the seven months,” Nadal said in a statement from the ATP World Tour. “Hopefully I passed and can just remember all the people that really helped me a lot during all this time.”
The win at Indian Wells is Nadal’s first win on a hard surface dating back to October of 2010.