By CHRIS LEHOURITES, AP Sporting activities Author
LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray was struggling, equally with his provide and his hair.
He gave himself a tiny trim for the duration of a changeover in the first established, but on the courtroom he discovered it hard to boost.
Taking gain of it all was Rafael Nadal, who ended up with a six-4, six-one acquire Wednesday for his next straight victory at the season-ending ATP finals.
Murray and Nadal traded breaks to open up the match, and then Nadal held to make it 2-1. Throughout the changeover, the next-seeded Murray pulled out a pair of scissors and clipped off a handful of strands of hair.
“I experienced some hair in my eye, and I just needed to get rid of it,” mentioned Murray, evidently annoyed with the line of questioning. “That practically took two seconds. That was it.”
Nadal mentioned he failed to notice Murray’s steps, but laughed when he was instructed that Murray mentioned his hair was bothering him.
“Was not at the right time to know that,” Nadal stated ahead of praising Murray’s ingenuity with the scissors. “It truly is a great remedy.”
Possibly it assisted a bit, because Murray then held his serve. But quickly Nadal was again on best, breaking to end the 1st set.
With his hair in verify, Murray’s serve started to trigger some difficulties.
He finished up with four double-faults, such as two in a row for the duration of his initial support sport of the 2nd set. When Murray missed the very first provide of the subsequent point, a enthusiast in the group, presumably in favor of Nadal, shouted out “cinco” to notice it was his fifth straight fault.
The subsequent serve went in, but a backhand that sailed vast gave Nadal a 2- direct as the Spaniard received nine of 10 details during that stretch.
Murray ended up landing only forty three % of his initial serves, and only 38 percent in the next established.
“From the center until the end of the next established, he performed very well,” Murray said. “But I did not really support myself. I served inadequately at the conclude of the very first set and all by way of the next.”
Nadal beat French Open up winner Stan Wawrinka in his opening match, and will next encounter David Ferrer on Friday. Murray will enjoy Ferrer on the same day.
In the late match at the O2 Arena, Wawrinka and Ferrer had been to perform.
For Nadal, his engage in so significantly at the match has been a continuation of his late year improvement for the duration of a calendar year in which he has dropped 19 moments, a reasonably staggering amount for him.
Even at the French Open up, a match he has received a record 9 moments, Nadal dropped in the quarterfinals. But considering that his 3rd round exit at the U.S. Open up, things have gotten greater. He is now 15-4 since then and near to qualifying for the semifinals.
“Just one more step for me (to) be in a position to perform at that amount towards this kind of a great player is great information,” Nadal stated. “Just want to consider to maintain working the very same way to keep confirming that I am in the totally right course.”
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