Murray’s Masterclass in Madrid!

In 2015 Andy Murray won his first two clay court titles. In early May the Brit won in Germany against Kohlschreiber 7-6 5-7 7-6 to clinch his first title on the surface at ATP 250 level.

The following week the aim was a first Masters 1000 title in Madrid and Andy Murray put on an absolute masterclass.

Roger Federer who was the top seed went out earlier on in the week to Nick Kyrgios losing 7-6 6-7 6-7 to the teenager.

Murray once again early on had to orchestrate his way past a difficult Philip Kohlschreiber in three sets but went onto win eight straight sets in his next four matches to lift his first Masters on the clay with some incredible performances. 

There was soo much to like from this week in Madrid and it was a big year for Murray who of course helped Great Britain win the Davis Cup on clay later in the year. 

Murray played on the front foot and was thoughtful throughout the week in Madrid with such a clean performance.

His game was led by his backhand, whether he stepped up into the court, hit a lob or a drop shot he played it with an arrogance of player who had won multiple major titles on clay.

Andy unsettled everyone he played that week.

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You can see from this generic backhand down the middle of the court the depth Murray was constantly hitting at and Nishikori is nowhere near set after the ball bounced.

At this point Murray has pushed Kei back and as you can see above he hits that drop shot winner from the baseline. 

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image credit – ATP

Like I said throughout the week Murray let his backhand guide him around the court, he created opportunity after opportunity.

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image credit – ATP

On this one above he goes down the line and finishes it at the net with a great volley. Time and time again the hitting from the British number one in Madrid was so clean it was playstation tennis.

Similar with this lob against Raonic earlier on in the week (shown below) the creativity and execution was remarkable. 

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image credit – ATP

I remember this week in Madrid from Murray quite fondly, it was a memorable week and that level of tennis and in a way a consistent breakthrough on the clay was what we saw from Andy.

He took Nadal apart in the final, he gave him nothing to work with and he showed once again he is one of the best at coming up with a game plan to nullify the best and utilise his skills.

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