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Magic for Murray at Madrid Masters

Posted by elinord on October 21, 2008

British number one tennis player, Andy Murray won his 2nd Masters title in the Spanish final on Sunday. He beat Frenchman Gilles Simon with a 6-4 7-6 (8-6) victory in Madrid.

This was his third Association of Tennis Professionals, ATP, final where he’s met the world’s top three players;  Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

The 21 year-old is also the first British player to win two titles at Masters level, back-to-back.

After an intense week of matches, Murray narrowly conquered Simon, only by the grace of his serve, rallying his way to pick up Simon’s errors.

From the early stages of the indoor match, it was clear that Simon was exhausted. Although Murray struggled to keep up momentum, he maintained a good enough performance to secure the ATP title.

Since he won his first Masters Series title in Cincinnati in August, Murray has had many successes. His recent win against Roger Federer in the semi-finals showcased his brilliant serve.

Glory in Spain

Glory in Spain

The young Scotsman commented on his form at Saturday’s match “I served great and that was the key”, Federer, the world number two agreed, “From Andy’s side, I thought he served very well today”.

The short two hour semi- final match was a far cry from the battle between Murray and Simon. From the side of the court the two young finalists seemed weary, Murray admits this, “Both of us made a lot of mistakes but both of us were a little bit tired from yesterday, him probably more than me.”

Ranking number four in the world, Murray has had an impressive team carrying through each event. Alex Corretja, the former French Open finalist and world number two, has been a vital member of the Murray coaching team during the run-up to his Spanish triumph, “It was difficult to improve things in just a few days. Andy takes things very easy.

Elinor D. Davies (elinor.d.davies@my.westminster.ac.uk)

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