Andy Murray wins the Madrid Masters with a straight sets defeat of defending champion Rafael Nadal.
MADRID, SPAIN (MAY 10, 2015) (IMG / TPL) – Andy Murray continued his remarkable run on clay when he pulled off a stunning upset to dethrone home favourite Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-2 in the Madrid Masters final on Sunday (May 10).
Aggressive second seed Murray, following up Monday’s triumph on the red dust in Munich, his debut clay singles title, denied Nadal a third straight triumph in the Spanish capital.
The Briton’s performances this week suggest he may be a real contender at the French Open starting at the end of the month.
Murray, had never beaten third-seeded Nadal on clay in six attempts but raced into a 3-0 lead and fended off three break points to close out the set.
The world number three broke an out-of-sorts Nadal twice more to open a 4-0 lead in the second and finished off the French Open champion on his first match point when Nadal sent a weak forehand return into the net.
Nadal needed a win to remain fourth in the world rankings and he will drop to seventh when they are updated on Monday, putting him outside the top five for the first time in a decade.
Murray said afterwards: to win a Masters series on clay for me is a step in the right direction, it’s something I’ve never done before so that’s good progress there. Obviously to win on clay against Rafa in a final in Spain is an extremely difficult thing to do and I’m proud that I’ve managed to do that.”
Nadal told the media: “For me the most important thing are not the numbers today of the ranking, the most important thing are the feelings that I’m having and this week I had much better, positive feelings than a few weeks ago, so that’s very important for me.”
It was Murray’s 10th Masters crown and 33rd career title, while Nadal was denied a record-extending 28th Masters and 66th title overall.