Monday, October 10, 2011

Andy Murray beats Nadal at Final Japan Open

TOKYO —Andy Murray rallied to beat Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the Japan Open final Sunday. Murray overcame losing the first set to... win his second straight ATP tour victory. Murray, the Scottish star coming off a victory last week in Bangkok, broke his Spanish opponent in the fourth game of the second set, then won 11 of the next 12 games at Ariake Colosseum. “There was a lot of close games in the first set and early in the second set, then I started to get the momentum and didn’t give him any chances,” Murray said. “I played some great tennis, especially in the third set.” Nadal, the 2010 winner, had beaten Murray five straight timesh, and hadn’t lost a service game in the tournament. “Rafa is one of the greatest players ever,” Murray said. “It is always a pleasure to play against him.” In the final set, Murray broke Nadal three times, behind a combination of forehand winners and unforced errors by the Spaniard. “He played unbelievable in the third set with no mistakes,” Nadal said. “His returns were impressive. After I had my chances in the second set, he started playing at a very high level.”

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