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2015 Madrid Open Masters Finals: Rafael Nadal vs Andy Murray

2015 Madrid Open Masters Finals: Rafael Nadal vs Andy Murray

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Tennis playdowns in the 2015 Madrid Masters continued on Saturday with four top ten players all gunning for the final. The clay court event, part of the build-up to the French Open, featured Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, and Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. Following results from thos semis, Madrid will see a familiar player looking for another clay court title.

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Spaniard Rafael Nadal defeated Tomas Berdych in straight sets 7-6, 6-1. It was a feat that Rafa had accomplished before as he improved to 19-4 over his Czech counterpart. Nadal now has a chance to inch closer to 30 Masters Series titles as he will look for his 28th on Sunday.

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Rafa, who has not played his best tennis so far in 2015, could be facing a ranking slide in the not too distant future if he does not start putting big dents into draws. However perhaps Spain’s No. 1 is starting to regain his best form, something he has so often done at this time of year.

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“For the past couple of days I have been playing better and better every day,” Nadal stated, referencing his improved play. “That’s always very good news. I am in the final. I am happy for that. I am enjoying a lot the fact that I am playing in front of an unbelievable crowd. For me, that’s the best crowd in the world without any doubt. So that gives me a lot of really positive energy.”

Nadal draws Andy Murray in the championship final, the Scot having defeated Kei Nishikori in the semis 6-3, 6-4. Murray, having won a clay court title in Munich last week, is perhaps a surprise finalist in Madrid. Doing well in back-to-back tournaments – in back-to-back weeks – is always difficult on tour and, in this case, that is especially true since clay is Murray’s weakest surface.

andy murray beats kei nishikori 2015 madrid open

Nor surprisingly, on head-to-heads Nadal owns the clear advantage against the Scot. He’s defeated Murray in 15 of their 20 matches overall, a series that includes six matches on clay (Nadal 6, Murray 0).

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Perhaps now is as good a time as any for Murray to break his clay-court goose-egg against Nadal however the Scot has to be tired following his efforts in the last two weeks. Look for Nadal to improve to 7-0 against Murray on clay and don’t be surprised if the Scot is a scratch, or an early exit, for next week’s Rome Masters.

The Madrid final, which promises to take a lot out of Murray, is scheduled for a 7pm start time in Madrid on Sunday night.

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