Second-seeded Andy Murray of Great Britain made an emphatic comeback from a set down to beat top-seeded and defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain with a 3-6 6-2 6-0 scoreline and won the 2011 Japan Open Tennis Championships, his fourth ATP title of 2011.
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain made a brilliant start to the match and claimed the first set with a single break of serve, but just when it appeared that the Spaniard might won his first title on hard-court in 2011, second-seeded Andy Murray showed his true class and won the next two sets to claim the 2011 Japan Open Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour 500 Event, being played here at Tokyo, Japan. With this win, Murray also improved his record against Nadal to a 5-13.
Andy Murray of Great Britain made an emphatic comeback from a set down to beat top-seeded and defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain with a 3-6 6-2 6-0 scoreline in 2 hours and 16 minutes of play. Murray fired 6 aces, earned 79% points on his first serve and converted 5 out of 9 break points. Nadal could only convert a single breakpoint out of 6.
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With one break of serve, Nadal claimed the first set after 46 minutes of play. The Spaniard quickly earned the breakthrough in the third-game and did not allow Murray to make a comeback after that. Nadal earned 70% points on his first serve, as he converted 1 out of 2 break points and mustered 28 points in total. Murray had a break point, but he failed to convert that in the first set.
Murray bounced back brilliantly in the second-set and took the match in to the final set. The Scot fired 6 aces in the second-set, earned 75% points on his serve and saved four out of four break points. Murray instantly raised the level of his game, as he converted 2 out of 4 break points and did not allow Nadal to make a comeback after making quick in-roads into the second-set. The third-set saw the complete surrender of Nadal, as Murray did not allow him to win a single game and registered a bagel.