In his bid to defend his first title off the clay courts, Rafael Nadal once again came up short Sunday in Tokyo as Andy Murray swept the Spaniard 36, 62, 60 in the Japan Open final.
“He played unbelievable,” Nadal said. “He didn’t make any mistakes in the third set. He played very aggressive and made no mistakes. When you are playing someone at that level, the only way is to try and get more free points on serve and for me it was impossible today because his return was very impressive.”
A dejected Nadal said it’s been a tough year for him with seven total runner-up finishes, six to Djokovic and now one to Murray. And maybe there are some signs that all these losses in the finals are getting to him.
“It’s been tough for me this year losing a lot of finals,” Nadal said. “But it’s been a fantastic year anyway. I just keep working and keep fighting every week.”
Nadal now travels to Shanghai where he’ll be the top seed at the Rolex Masters 1000 event. Murray is the No. 2 seed. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are not playing.
And Rafa is already practicing.
“No day off, back to practice hard! Today at Qizhong Tennis Center in Shanghai! At the background you can see the old Masters Cup’s Stadium, spectacular!” Nadal posted on facebook.
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