Tennis – Andy Murray stuns Rafael Nadal on clay to win Madrid Masters
Andy Murray completed his first win over Rafael Nadal on clay to win the Madrid Masters with an overwhelming 6-3 6-2 win before a stunned capacity crowd in the Spanish capital..
Defending champion Nadal – nicknamed the ‘King of Clay’ due his nine French Open titles and complete dominance of the surface over the past decade – had no answer to British number one Murray, whose variation and shot selection was a key factor in keeping a misfiring Nadal guessing throughout the match.
It was a major shock with Murray having failed to down the Mallorcan in six previous matches on the surface since their first meeting on clay in Hamburg in 2008.
“I’d like to thank everyone who came out to support us today,” said Murray. “To play Rafa in Spain is extremely tough, but this is the reason why we play tennis.
“To beat Rafa on clay is tough, but I’m glad I managed to do it today. I’d like to thank my team for getting me in good shape for the clay court season.
“Finally to Rafa, I’m sure in a couple of weeks you will be back playing your best tennis before Roland Garros (French Open). I’m sure we will play many more matches in the future.”
Nadal conceded he had been beaten by the better man on the day.