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Sunday 11 December 2016

Andy Murray sees off Nadal to claim Masters

Britain's Andy Murray is congratulated by his coach and former tennis player Amelie Mauresmo after his victory over Spain's Rafael Nadal during their final match at the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, May 10, 2015. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
Britain's Andy Murray is congratulated by his coach and former tennis player Amelie Mauresmo after his victory over Spain's Rafael Nadal during their final match at the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, May 10, 2015. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Andy Murray continued his remarkable run on clay when he pulled off a stunning upset to dethrone home favourite Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-2 in the Madrid Masters final yesterday and claim his second title on the surface in a week.

Following up his debut triumph on the red dust on Monday in Munich, Murray denied Nadal a third straight triumph in the Spanish capital - and record fifth overall - and raised fresh doubts over the Spaniard's form heading into the French Open.

The Briton's strong performances this week suggest he may be a real contender in Paris, when holder Nadal, who has struggled for consistency since returning from injury and illness, will be bidding for a record-extending 10th Roland Garros crown.

"To play Rafa in Spain is extremely tough and this is the reason why we play tennis for these matches," Murray said after receiving the trophy from Spain's Queen Sofia.

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