Murray through to Madrid final
Andy Murray booked his place in Sunday’s final of the Madrid Masters with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Japan’s Kei Nishikori on Saturday (May 9). The second seeded Scot followed up last week’s title in Munich, his first on clay, with another strong showing. He broke last year’s losing finalist Nishikori four times to set up a meeting with defending champion Rafael Nadal in the final.
Murray said “This year and in the off season I’ve put in a lot of hard work on my game and made a few changes and tried to get back to playing the way I was when I was most successful and today I think I was pretty aggressive, tried to dictate a lot of the points, especially when he was serving and it worked well.”
Nadal looked something close to his old masterful self on clay again as he crushed Czech Tomas Berdych 7-6(3) 6-1 in the first semi-final. He told the media: “For the last couple of days I have been playing better and better every day; that’s always very good news and that’s it, I’m in the final and I’m happy for that, enjoying a lot the fact that I’m playing in front of an unbelievable crowd with me, the best crowd in the world without any doubt, so that’s given me a lot of really positive energy.”
The Mallorcan is favourite to claim the title after world number one Novak Djokovic decided to miss the event to rest and Roger Federer, who took over from the Serb as top seed, lost to Australian Nick Kyrgios in the second round.