Andy Murray beats Rafael Nadal to reach Madrid Masters 2016 final

Andy Murray beats Rafael Nadal in straight sets to reach the final of the Madrid Masters in Spain

Andy Murray admitted that his straight-sets win over Rafael Nadal to reach the final of the Madrid Masters on Saturday ranked up there with some of the best victories of his career.

The British No1 – the defending champion in Madrid – beat the nine-time French Open champion 7-5 6-4 in two hours 11 minutes in the Spanish capital to set up a final clash with either Novak Djokovic or Kei Nishikori on Sunday.

And speaking at his post-match news conference, Murray admitted that he was thrilled to have beaten the clay-court specialist.

Murray said: “I think it’s big. Obviously it’s not easy. Not loads of players have won against Rafa on clay throughout his career.

“Very few in the last year for sure when he wasn’t playing his best. To beat him in Spain on a clay court is obviously a big, big challenge for any player.

“I’m very pleased to have beaten him this year. It’s a big step for me from where I was four or five weeks ago. I’m going back in the right direction.”

Nadal added: “Of course I didn’t play my best level, but I didn’t play badly.

“I think I played a medium level, which was not enough to beat Murray today.

“Some moments I played very well and others, as I said before, I didn’t play so well.

“I just needed a little bit more and just needed to play a little bit better with my drive. That’s what I have to try to do next week. That’s all.”

Murray heads into the final knowing that he must defend his title to keep his world No2 ranking ahead of Roger Federer.

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