British Tennis Round-up: 11-05-15

11/05/2015

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Spain

Andy Murray sensationally claimed his 10th Masters 1000 title after powering past the 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal in the Madrid Open final.

The British No.1 claimed his first clay court victory over the nine-time French Open champion with a resounding 6-3, 6-2 win in the Spanish capital.

In Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori and Nadal, Murray overcame three top 10 players in three days to land his second title on the surface in a week after his triumph at the Munich Open.

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After winning his first Masters Series title on clay and ninth match in a row, Murray said: “It's one of the hardest things in tennis to try and win against Rafa on clay, so I'm glad I've managed to do it.

"I made very few errors and changed the height of the ball extremely well, which was part of the reason why he was mistiming a few shots.

“I dealt with all of the nervy moments I had in the match pretty well."

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  • More living humans have walked on the moon (8) than have beaten Rafa Nadal in a final on clay (4)

Italy

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Aljaz Bedene was in fine form in Rome to win his first Challenger Tour title since gaining British citizenship in March.

Bedene, who didn’t drop a set all week, landed his second Challenger of 2015 by overcoming Czech Adam Pavlasek 7-5, 6-2 in the final.

Egypt

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No.8 seed Dan Evans won his first ITF Pro-Circuit title of the year at the F17 Futures in Sharm-El-Sheikh.   

Evans, who reached the US Open third round in 2013, overcame Turkish No.5 seed Baris Erguden 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-3 in the final.

France

Three British players contested the doubles final at the $100,000 Cagnes-sur-Mer with Johanna Konta getting her hands on the title.

Konta and partner Laura Thorpe ousted the Aegon GB Fed Cup Team pair of Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith 1-6, 6-4, 10-5 in the final.

Japan

Naomi Broady and Kristyna Pliskova were crowned doubles champions at the $50,000 Fukuoka.

Despite a couple of early scares and Champions tie-breaks in the first two rounds, the duo convincingly beat No.1 seeds Eri Hozumi and Junri Namigata 6-3, 6-4 in the final.

Israel

Laura Deigman reached doubles final of the $10,000 Ashkelon with Belgian partner Helene Scholsen but went down 6-0, 6-2 to No.1 seeds Mariam Bolkvadze and Naomi Totka.  

Israel

Toby Martin enjoyed a successful week in Ashkelon, knocking out the No.1 seed en-route to the Israel F5 Futures final.   

Martin beat Sam Barry in straight sets in the quarter-finals but his run was ended by Amir Weintraub who won 7-5, 6-4 in the final.

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