What a performance by Andy Murray yesterday in Tokyo. After losing the first set to favored Rafael Nadal he stormed back winning the final two in going-away fashion 36, 62, 60 to capture the Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo.
It was no surprise that Murray said afterward that the last two sets were some of the finest tennis he’s played against Nadal.
“I played some great tennis, especially in the third set,” Murray said. “I had a couple of chances in the first set and was maybe going for too much, going too close to the lines, but once I got that break the roles reversed a little bit. He started going for a little bit more and I was dictating the points playing high-percentage tennis. For sure in the third set it was some of the best tennis I’ve played against him. I was very consistent, didn’t make too many mistakes and kept a cool head in the important moments.”
Murray no moves closer to passing the idle Roger Federer for the year-end No. 3 ATP ranking. But Murray wants greater rewards.
“I need to keep up the wins and hopefully I’ll get to the No. 3 ranking,” he said. “It’s not the ultimate goal, but it’s the target I set for the last few tournaments this year.”
The singles crown wasn’t the only hardware Murray took home Sunday. After the match, Murray and brother Jamie won the doubles titles.
Murray has won 11 straight matches and 21 of his last 22. He now has 20 career ATP titles, four of them this season.
Murray and Nadal are both among the top seeds this week at the Rolex Masters in Shanghai.
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