Second-seeded Andy Murray defeated an injured Rafael Nadal 6-3 4-6 6-0 on Sunday at the ABN Amro tournament.
The top-ranked Nadal was bothered by a right knee injury and had to call a medical timeout in the second set, before deciding to continue the match.
”Rafael was hurt at the beginning of the second set,” Murray said. ”On one leg he could still go on. That’s how good he is.”
Murray took the first set after breaking Nadal in the sixth game, but the Spaniard fought back in the second. He struggled, however, with his serve in the third set because of his knee. Tim Henman was runner-up here three times but Andy Murray is the first British winner ever at ABN Amro tournament.
“Andy has had a wonderful year and I would like to congratulate him,” Nadal said.
24 year old Murray, currently ranked no.4, claimed his 10th ATP career title in Rotterdam.
Meanwhile Nadal was being very humble once again: “I had problems, but I don’t really want to talk about it. Andy played well and beat me. The rest is just “blah blah”… That’s sport.”