Murray tops Nadal to win Japan Open

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 03, 2011

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 31: Andy Murray of Great Britain looks up during the trophy presentaion after his men's final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day fourteen of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 31, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Andy Murray of Britain rallied to beat Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 and win the Japan Open on Sunday. Murray overcame losing the first set to win his second straight ATP tour victory. Murray, who also won last week in Bangkok, broke his Spanish opponent in the fourth game of the second set and then proceeded to win 11 of the next 12 games to clinch the title at Ariake Colosseum. Nadal, the defending champion, had beaten Murray five straight times entering the match, and had not lost a service game in the tournament. The title was Murray's fourth of the season after triumphs at Queen's Club, Cincinnati and in Thailand. The match turned for good in the fifth game of the second set. After being broken in the previous game, Nadal squandered four break points and fell behind 4-1. Murray pressed his advantage after the break, pressuring Nadal the rest of the way. In the final set, Murray broke Nadal three times, behind a combination of forehand winners and unforced errors by the Spaniard. The victory gave fourth-ranked Murray his 20th career ATP tour title. Nadal is now 3-7 in finals this season, with the first six of the losses coming to Novak Djokovic.
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