The 2015 Madrid Open will be decided between two members of tennis’ “Big Four,” as Rafael Nadal takes on Andy Murray in the finals. The two players will face off on Sunday afternoon.
While Nadal is known a the “King of Clay,” Murray has been the better performer on the surface this year. The Scot is 9-0 on clay in 2015, following a victory over Kei Nishikori in straight sets on Saturday.
"This year and in the off-season I put in a lot of hard work on my game and made a few changes and tried to get back to playing the way that I was playing when I was my most successful," said Murray, following the win. "I think today I was pretty aggressive. I tried to dictate a lot of the points, especially when he was serving, and it worked well."
Nadal hasn’t fared as well on clay as he has in recent years, having already lost three matches on the surface this year. But he defeated Tomas Berdych in the semifinals, reaching the finals for the seventh time in his career.
"For the past couple of days I have been playing better and better every day," said Nadal. "That's always very good news. I am in the final. I am happy for that. I am enjoying a lot the fact that I am playing in front of an unbelievable crowd. For me, that's the best crowd in the world without any doubt. So that gives me a lot of really positive energy.”
Nadal has gotten the upper hand in most of his past head to head matchups with Murray. In 20 total meetings, Nadal has won 15 times. They last met at the 2014 French Open, where Nadal got the better of Murray in straight sets.
Nadal hasn't lost a set in the tournament. He's won the Madrid Open four times in his career.
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