Sunday 21 January 2018

Murray destroys nadal

TENNIS: Andy Murray set his sights on overhauling Roger Federer in the world rankings after destroying Rafael Nadal in the deciding set to win the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championship in Tokyo.

The world No 4 made it 12 successive victories by recovering from dropping the first set to blow the Spaniard away, claiming a 3-6 6-2 6-0 success to add the title to the one he won in Thailand a week ago.

It was sweet revenge for the Scot over the world No 2, who had beaten him five times in a row coming into the match, including in the semi-finals of Wimbledon and the US Open.

And he completed a memorable weekend by then teaming up with his brother Jamie to take the doubles title with a 6-1 6-4 thrashing of Frantisek Cermak and Filip Polasek in the doubles final.

The triumph over Nadal also earned Murray his 20th career title and improved his chances of replacing Federer as world No 3 before the season is out.

"I played some great tennis, especially in the third set," Murray said. "I was very consistent, didn't make too many mistakes and kept a cool head in the important moments."

The Majorcan looked anything but a 10-time Major winner in the decider, almost conceding that Murray was headed for the victory as shot after shot found the corners and the baseline.

The Scot broke three times to complete a humiliating final-set whitewash of Nadal and end his losing run against the Spaniard.

Irish Independent

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