Murray Beats Nadal to Win 2011 Japan Open

Andy Murray Beats Rafael Nadal

Andy Murray finally managed a win over Rafael Nadal in 2011 and he had to come from a set down to beat the defending champion Rafael Nadal in the final of the Japan Open 3-6 6-2 6-0.

The British number one had lost the last five encounters with Nadal going all the way back to last years Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. His recent defeats included three semi final losses at the last three grand slams, the US Open, Wimbledon and the French Open.

Murray though entered the week in great form having won last week’s Thailand Open. The scoreline might suggest Nadal suffered an injury in the final stages, but this was not the case. Murray simply found his form after struggling with his serve in the frst set and produced arguably his best ever set of tennis in the final set completly destroying Nadal and limiting the Spaniard tio just 4 points.

Murray said after winning,

I played some great tennis and the third set was some of the best I’ve played against him. There were a lot of close games towards the end of the first set and beginning of the second and I managed to get the momentum and didn’t give him many chances after that.

 

Murray has now won 12 matches in a row and lost just once in his last 22.

Murray rounded off his week in Japan as he returned an hour later, with his brother Jamie, to win the doubles as well. The Murrays raced away with title with a 6-1 6-4 victory over Czech Republic pair Frantisek Cermak and Filip Polasek. That win pushes Jamie Murray up to 23 in the doubles rankings, his highest ever ranking.