He lost 13 of his previous 17 meetings with Nadal and they last time the met in this year’s US Open semifinal.
The world no.4 Murray played a stunning third set against Nadal, allowing him only four points. This was the 20th singles title of his career and he continued his winning streak after having won the Thailand Open last week.
Nadal hailed Murray after the final: “Only a few players could have beaten Murray today. I just want to congratulate Andy because I was really impressed by his tennis. He was unstoppable.”
Murray’s goal for this year is to overtake the 16 time Grand Slam champion Federer in the rankings and try to finish the season as world no.3.