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Murray Defeats an Injured Nadal

Photo of Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray via Down the Line.

Photo of Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray via Down the Line.

Andy Murray won in Rotterdam 6-3,4-6,6-0 over the number one player in the world, Rafael Nadal. Murray, who is the first British winner in Rotterdam, played very well to take the first set. It was in the second set, however, that the drama began, as Nadal injured his right knee in the first game of the second set. Nadal’s knee injury severely impacted his serve and he was only able to compensate by playing extremely aggressively during Murray’s service games. Nadal’s strategy worked in the second set, but he wasn’t able to keep it up in the third. In the third set, his injury not only affected his serve, but it severely restricted his movement, as well. 

After the match, Murray commented by saying that “Obviously it’s not the way you want to win as I could see Rafa had an injury. I thought the first set was good quality and then at the start of the second, when I saw that he was injured, my concentration and level of play dipped. He made it difficult as he was hitting the ball so hard and being aggressive on every shot to try and keep the points short. It just shows how he good he is that he can beat me on one leg!”

Nadal didn’t blame his performance on his injured knee. “I had a problem with the injury but I don’t want to talk about that. Andy played very well today and he deserved to win the tournament. I am very happy with my performance this week. I came here without the best preparation after Australia, so it was a great result for me to get to the final here and I am very happy with that.”

This is a solid win for Andy Murray, who will be looking to improve his performances against the top three players in the world. He played well throughout the tournament, particularly against Ancic in the semifinals, and he definitely deserved the victory. However, this match also showed Nadal’s determination. Many other players would have retired from the match, however he kept trying and was even able to win a set off of the 4th ranked player in the world, when it was obvious that he was in pain. Maybe a performance like this can be an example for other players, particularly Novak Djokovic.

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