Andy Murray enjoyed a straight sets win over Rafael Nadal as he produced some of his best tennis of the year to beat the world number one in Toronto.
Murray is the defending champion at the Canadian Masters event and he out played the Spaniard throughout the match winning 6-3 6-4.
The Britons position in the world rankings had been under threat if he had not won tonight, but his fourth spot in the world rankings is now secured and he will now look to defend all his points if he can win the final tomorrow.
Murray threatened Nadal’s serve throughout the match and secured the only break of serve in the first. The Spaniard did manage to break the Murray serve once in the second but was only to level the set after Murray had broken the Spaniard in the 4th game. Murray gained the final and crucial break of serve in the ninth game before serving for the match in the next game.
Murray ended the match winning 41% of return points with Nadal just 31% success on return.
Since arriving in North America, Murray has dispensed with the services of coach Miles Maclagan and spent much of his time with the media outlining his plans for a replacement.
This is a surface I’m most comfortable on, I enjoy playing aggressive, especially against the best players. I want to enjoy playing my game and expressing myself out on court. You never expect to beat the other top players. The margins are so thin. I go on court knowing that I have to play my best if I’m going to have a chance of beating them. I like playing Rafa on a hardcourt.
Murray’s record against Nadal now moves to 8-4 in Spaniard’s favour, but is 4-3 in the Scot’s favour over the last 7 matches with Nadal holding a 5-0 lead at one point before Murray made his break through at the 2008 US Open. This win today will go some way to overcoming the disappointing loss to Nadal at last months Wimbledon semi final.