Andy Murray knocked off Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2 to win the Madrid Open on Sunday. It was Murray’s second consecutive clay-court win, but the first time he has beaten Nadal on clay. It was also Murray’s first Masters title on clay.
“For me it was obviously a very tough match. You know, winning against Rafa on clay is extremely difficult, one of the hardest things in tennis,” Murray told reporters. “From my side it was a very good performance. I’m sure Rafa feels he could have played much better, but from my side, I couldn’t have done much more.”
Murray added, “I’ve pushed Rafa on the clay a few times. This [win] obviously gives me confidence.”
The victory came one week after Murray won the Munich Open.
Considered nearly unbeatable on clay in the past, Nadal has now lost four times on that surface this year. As a result, he will drop out of the top-five rankings for the first time since May 2005.
“This wasn’t the game I wanted to play, but I tried to the very end,” Nadal said. “Still, it was a very important and positive week for me. I recovered sensations that I hadn’t felt in a long time.”