Andy Murray beat Rafa Nadal to capture the Japan Open.
TOKYO, JAPAN (OCTOBER 9, 2011) TPL/IMG - Andy Murray reduced Rafa Nadal's granite-like resistance to rubble as he beat the Spaniard 3-6 6-2 6-0 to capture the Japan Open on Sunday (October 9).
Second seed Murray hit back brilliantly after losing the first set, breaking for 3-1 in the second and nervelessly saving triple break point in the next game with three cracking aces.
The Scot, who had been screaming at himself and pointing angrily at his box in the first set, levelled the match with a bullet backhand return Nadal could only dump into the net.
Nadal was then left to look tortured in the final set as an inspired Murray ripped winner after winner past the top seed, tearing through the decider in just 29 minutes.
Murray set up triple match point with another rocket forehand down the line before forcing a deflated Nadal into a loose backhand to clinch his 20th career title.
"Yeah, I played some great tennis, especially in the third set, there were a lot of close games towards the end of the first set and beginning of the second and I managed to get the momentum and didn't give him any chances after that so I was really pleased," said Murray after the match.
Nadal, who was playing in his first tournament since helping Spain reach the Davis Cup final last month, congratulated his opponent.
"I started the match playing fantastic but Andy played really unbelievable the second and the third set and for me, I tried to find solutions but it was really difficult so just congratulate him, I think he played fantastic," said Nadal.
"It's been tough for me this year losing a lot of finals but it has been a fantastic year anyway so that's all, just keep working and keep fighting every week," the Spaniard added.It was the Briton's second title in two weeks after winning in Bangkok and ended Nadal's bid to become the first man since Pete Sampras in 1993-94 to retain the Tokyo crown.