Murray had not held a breakpoint throughout the contest while Nadal converted four of five breakpoints against the Murray serve. 22 errors from Murray also heavily outweighed his six winners of the match. Nadal finished with 13 winners to 17 errors.
“Unfortunately I could not get the job done today,” Murray said, “but I enjoyed myself and look forward to coming back next year.”
The victory was Nadal's second Indian Wells win as the Spaniard also took the singles title as well in 2007. It also marked Nadal's 33rd career singles ATP Tour title in a tournament where this year 48 of the top 50 men were entered.
“It was really tough conditions,” Nadal said. “I had very good movement. I think a did perfect today.”
In the women's tournament, the 4th seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia defeated the 5th seeded Ana Ivanovic
of Serbia 7-6(7-5), 6-2 to take the women's championship final earlier Sunday in a draw weakened dramatically
by the Williams sisters', Venus Williams and Serena Williams, continuing boycott.