Murray Beat Nadal On Clay For The First Time

Murray Beat Nadal On Clay For The First Time
Andy Murray Carine06 / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

In a surprising upset, Rafael Nadal was not able to claim his fifth Mutua Madrid Open title after losing to Andy Murray late Sunday evening.


Murray beating Nadal for the first time on clay, after many chances to do so, is not the only sweet victory for the English man in two weeks.

Murray earlier got his first ever clay title in the Munich Open, and he is the first Brit to have achieved that after a long time. Buster Mottram last won it in April 1976.

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Nadal is aiming for his 10th Roland Garros trophy, but with the performance Murray has shown for the last two opens, he is proving to be someone to look out for during the next French Open.

“I have played well at Roland Garros in the past,” Murray said in an interview with BBC. “Last year my game was not ready to win, whereas the previous time against Rafa there I played well. I don’t think I would go into the French as one of the favourites, but if I play like that I’ll give myself an opportunity.”