Murray remains on course to defend Madrid crown
Andy Murray will have the chance to defend the Madrid Open title after coming through a scrappy affair with Rafael Nadal.
Neither player managed to produce their best tennis in an error-ridden semi-final but it was the Scot who prevailed as he secured a 7-5 6-4 victory. Murray said: “It’s easy after winning a tight first set to drop your intensity or your level and I really tried to stay on top at the beginning of the second and that was important.” Murray won the Madrid title last year by defeating Nadal in the final and it never looked as though the Spaniard would gain revenge this time around.
The 14-time grand slam champion struggled to make the most of his opportunities on the Murray serve, converting just two of 13 break points. Nadal was hoping to win a third straight title after victories in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, but it is Murray who will have the chance to win a first clay court tournament of the season in today’s final.
The 28-year-old must retain the title or else he will lose his world No. 2 ranking to Roger Federer.