Madrid Memories: Andy Murray, the atypical winner



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Madrid Memories: Andy Murray, the atypical winner

Andy Murray has been one of the main protagonists of the Mutua Madrid Open in recent years. As already happened for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the Briton was able to win before the 2009 reform (when the tournament was played in late October on hard-courts) and after the reform, when the tournament was moved to May and on clay.

In 2008 Andy defeated Gilles Simon in straight sets, with the final score of 6-4, 7-6(6). But the big victory happened in 2015. On that occasion Murray overtook Rafael Nadal, beating the Spanish champion just on his beloved clay-courts and winning the title for the second time.

Result: 6-3 6-2. That year Murray played well on clay, also reaching the semi-final of the French Open, losing against Novak Djokovic. After the physical problems of 2014, the Scot came back well on the court, despite not being able to win a Major.

The victory against Nadal in that final remains his best result on clay as of today, excluding the French Open final lost in 2016 against Djokovic. 2015 was instead the worst year of Nadal's career: after 10 consecutive years, he didn't even win a Major and he was unable to express his best tennis throughout the season, suffering physical, mental, tactical and technical problems.

This is one of the memories of past days as the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the season's suspension over time. The tournament will not be relocated this season, but it will be played directly in 2021, not following the line of other events such as the French Open that have rescheduled for the second half of 2020, after the US Open.