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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 September 2005, 13:30 GMT 14:30 UK
Nadal battles past Coria in China
Rafael Nadal
World number two Rafael Nadal won his 10th title of 2005 on Sunday with a battling win over Guillermo Coria in the final of the China Open.

The Spaniard, seeded number one, came through 5-7 6-1 6-2 against Argentine Coria to match Roger Federer's number of titles this year.

"It's been an unbelievable year," said the 19-year-old. "More than I could ever have imagined."

His record for the year now stands at 72 wins and 10 defeats.

It was the third time this year that Nadal has beaten Coria in a final, the others being Masters Series events on clay in Monte Carlo and Rome.

After rain washed out a day's play earlier in the week Nadal came into the final on the back of three matches in two days.

If I play well on hard courts, I know I can win alot of matches
Rafael Nadal

And he started sluggishly, dropping serve twice as Coria took the opening set.

But the teenager quickly found his rhythm in the second, storming 4-0 clear on his way to levelling and then breaking twice more in the decider to win in just under two hours.

"I was a little bit more aggressive in the second and third sets and that was the decisive thing, I think," said Nadal after claiming his second career hard-court title.

"I know I can play on hard courts. I need to improve my game on grass but if I play well on hard courts, I know I can win a lot of matches."

Coria said: "Nadal is playing with a lot of confidence and he had some luck on his side too.

"You have to play at the limit against him so you'll always make mistakes. I don't feel sad. I lost to a great player."


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