Andy Murray reduced Rafael Nadal's granite-like resistance to rubble as he stunned the Spaniard 3-6 6-2 6-0 to capture the Japan Open tennis on Sunday. It was the Briton's second title in two weeks, after he won in Bangkok, and ended Nadal's bid to become the first man since Pete Sampras in 1993-94 to retain the Tokyo crown.
Murray, who has won 21 of his last 22 matches, will wish he could bottle the magic he produced in an astonishing third set, when he dropped just four points. “To only lose four points - and against Rafa - will never happen again,” he said.
“I've hit the ball like that before but for such a long period, that's definitely the first time. Murray returned to court after a quick rubdown to win the Tokyo doubles with brother Jamie.