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Rafael Nadal reflected on an "unforgettable week" after leaving Indian Wells with his 22nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy.

The Spaniard went into the BNP Paribas Open in fine form but with question marks over his fitness when faced with the most demanding surface on the circuit, hard court.

Nadal, who spent seven months on the sidelines with a knee injury, answered those questions with one of the most satisfying victories of his career. He came from behind to defeat Juan Martin del Potro on Sunday and lift his third BNP Paribas Open title.

The win saw Nadal retake his place in the top four and he will look to move even higher up the rankings as the season progresses. For now, though, he is revelling in a significant victory.

"It's probably one of the most emotional victories of my career. The support since I came back has been huge," said Nadal to the tennis betting news.

"It's an unforgettable week for me and an unforgettable tournament."

The 11-time Grand Slam champion has now enjoyed success in three tournaments since his return, winning 17 out of 18 matches.

Nadal will take a break from action before he attempts to extend his 14-match winning run. He will miss the Sony Open in Miami next week to recuperate ahead of next month's Monte Carlo Rolex Masters.

The 26-year-old will be determined to maintain his early-season form when he takes to the clay courts, his favoured surface. At the same time, he is keen to enjoy his latest triumph.

"A lot of things happened the last seven months. To be back here and to have this very heavy trophy with me is amazing," added Nadal to the sports betting news.

"Beating three top 10 players and winning a title like this is just something unbelievable for me. I'm very, very happy and very emotional."
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