Madrid sorrow as Andy Murray destroys a below-par Rafael Nadal


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Madrid sorrow as Andy Murray destroys a below-par Rafael Nadal

Andy Murray crushed Rafael Nadal’s titles hopes on his home ground as he managed one of the biggest wins of his season against the Spaniard to clinch his first ever title in Madrid. This is Murray’s 10th Masters 1000 title.

The Brit ease his way to a 6-3,6-2, victory against a disappointing Nadal.

At the start of the match, it was clearly visible that Nadal was feeling the pressure in front of the packed Spanish stadium as he produced a series of unforced errors.

Murray, however, didn’t endure the same problem as he capitalised on Nadal’s vulnerabilities by winning the first seven points of the match as he broke to open up an early 3-0 lead to the shock of the crowd.

The slow start from Nadal finally ended as he held his serve to love as the crowd released an almighty cheer.

Despite the current French Open champion finally winning a game, Murray remained solid on his serve as he moved 4-1 up, despite the atmosphere being against him. The King of Clay did had two golden opportunities to put the set back onto level ground following a spectacular forehand.

Unusually, he failed to covert either of them as Murray maintained his composure on court to move 5-2 up.

Towards the end of the first set, Nadal did show glimmers of his brilliance, especially when he played on his left hand side, however, they were inconsistent.

For the third time, the world No:4 had another chance to break Murray, whilst trailing 3-5, but yet again he failed as Murray took the first set. Suddenly alarm bells were ringing loudly in the Nadal camp and around court Manolo Santana.