Nadal trounces Murray
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:23
The world number one was in control for most of the match and dealt with the strong wind better as a clinical performance saw him earn his revenge over the Scot, who had beaten him twice this year.
Some excellent rallies between the pair, with both showing immense skill to keep the ball in play in the blustery conditions, saw the match go with serve until the fourth game of the set when Nadal made the breakthrough.
The Spaniard wasted his first break point of the match as he woefully mis-hit his shot but he did not make the same mistake twice and took the game shortly afterwards when Murray’s shot landed just long.
The world number one took a decisive advantage in the sixth game when he broke his opponent for the second successive time, drawing Murray into the net before simply playing the ball into open space, which was too far even for the speedy Scot to reach. And Nadal held his serve to take the first set.
The first four games of the second set all went with serve but Nadal took a decisive lead in the fifth game when he broke Murray for the third time in the match, sending his opponent racing across the baseline in the final point.
Murray tried to fight his way back into the match but Nadal once again broke his serve for a second successive time to leave the Spaniard serving for the match.
And Nadal did not disappoint as he served out to love to complete an emphatic victory over the despondent Scot in only an hour and 20 minutes.