Rafael Nadal's Increasing Momentum Will Propel Him to First Miami Masters Title

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMarch 25, 2014

KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 24:  Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates celebrates his win over Denis Istomin of Uzebekistan during the Sony Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 24, 2014 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is on a hot streak. Those are devastating words to the rest of the players in the 2014 Sony Open. On Monday, Nadal cruised to victory in just 59 minutes, defeating Denis Istomin 6-1, 6-0 in Miami.

This decisive win marks his second dominating performance in the competition. According to Sports Illustrated's Beyond the Baseline, Nadal has been virtually flawless over his first two matches:

Beyond the Baseline continued to illustrate Nadal's prowess with this tweet:

Christopher Clary of The New York Times put it perfectly, according to his Twitter account:

This is most definitely the Nadal that everyone fears.

Why should they? Well, this amazing winner from Monday's match should sum it up pretty nicely:

While Nadal waits for a shot at the quarterfinals, his past performances at the Miami Masters must be lingering in the back of his mind. After all, this is one of the few titles that has escaped Nadal, according to a tweet from Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times:

This year, Nadal looks as poised as ever to get over the hump. He explained to Michelle Kaufman of the Miami Herald that he feels very comfortable in Miami:

This tournament is very special to me because I feel the love and energy of the Latin American people, fans from so many different Latin countries. I have never won the trophy here, but this feels like home to me. I have maximum gratitude for the love I feel here.

His hot streak, along with the comfort of playing in Miami will go a long way for Nadal. In this case, to an elusive Miami Masters title.

Before a title is achieved, Nadal still has work to do. He will face Fabio Fognini, who emerged victorious on Monday night over unseeded Roberto Bautista-Agut, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, according to Beyond the Baseline:

Nadal should be a heavy favorite in the upcoming match. Fognini must certainly be happy with his performance on Monday, but should be terrified to see Nadal's name next on his schedule.

Expect Nadal to come away with another dominating victory as he continues to ride his hot streak all the way to the 2014 Sony Open title.