Nadal meets Murray in the final of the Madrid Masters 1Nadal meets Murray in the final of the Madrid Masters 1

For the second time in 2015, Rafael Nadal meets Tomas Berdych and this is a better opportunity for the Spanish player to repay his debt in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open last January.

Tomas Berdych 0-2 Rafael Nadal

The first set was balanced, Nadal was denied two break opportunities in the seventh and 11th games and was forced to resort to a tie-break series to determine the winner.

Set two took place in a completely opposite scenario, with the advantage almost exclusively belonging to the home player.

7-6 and 6-1 were the scores of the first semi-final match that lasted one hour and 44 minutes, Nadal achieved 86% first serve success rate and up to 82% winning serve rate.

`I’m very happy. This is a very important week for me, and entering the championship match of this tournament must be great news. Having reached the final, every opponent is worthy.

Nadal meets Murray in the final of the Madrid Masters

This result helped Nadal have his 17th consecutive victory over Berdych, increasing the head-to-head score between the two players to 19-4.

Nadal’s opponent in the final is Andy Murray, who won the match against Kei Nishikori in the second semi-final a few hours later.

The British player successfully saved a break and broke the opponent’s serve twice in the seventh and 10th games to close the first set after 45 minutes.

Shots that did not go over the net and had inaccurate landing points were the reasons why Nishikori once again fell at a crucial moment.

Nadal meets Murray in the final of the Madrid Masters

In the match against Nishikori, Murray scored 24 winners, of which eight came from backhand shots.

`I think today I played quite aggressively and scored a lot of points, especially on the goals he served. Against Nadal is an extremely difficult task, especially when playing in the West.

The current head-to-head ratio between Murray and Nadal is 5-15 and this is the first meeting of the two players in 2015. The last time the two met was in the semi-finals of Roland Garros, won by Rafael Nadal

Previously, in the final match in the women’s singles – a duel between world number four Petra Kvitova and the person who defeated Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, the victory belonged to Kvitova.

Nadal meets Murray in the final of the Madrid Masters

Petra Kvitova 2-0 Svetlana Kuznetsova

Kuznetsova did not have many chances, when Kvitova proved too superior in class.

This result increased Petra Kvitova’s record in finals of the WTA system to 16 victories – 5 defeats.

Nadal meets Murray in the final of the Madrid Masters

Kvitova is happy with the Madrid Masters championship title.

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