16 Feb 2009

Murray beats Nadal

5:47 am on 16 February 2009

The British tennis player Andy Murray has claimed his third successive victory over world number one Rafael Nadal to win the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

The 21-year-old Scot came through 6-3, 4-6, 6-love in one hour 51 minutes to win the 10th title of his career.

Nadal was struggling with a knee injury in the closing stages and, after edging the second set, he appeared unable to serve effectively in the decider.

Murray too has had his injury problems this week and has pulled out of next week's tournament in Marseille to protect his troublesome ankle.

It did not appear to hinder him in today's final, however, and he played well enough to suggest he could have defeated a fully fit Nadal.

The Briton went into the match with a 1-5 competitive record against Nadal but had won their last two matches, at the US Open in September and an exhibition event in January.