Canada Flashback: Rafael Nadal loses to Andy Murray in straight sets

In Toronto 2010, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic reached the semi-final for the first time since Cincinnati 12 months ago. The top seed and a two-time Canada Open champion Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka, Kevin Anderson and Philipp Kohlschreiber to advance into the last four, facing Andy Murray. Not playing at his best, Nadal experienced a 6-3, 6-4 loss after an hour and 44 minutes, finishing on the losing side for the sixth time that year and not chasing another notable title after Roland Garros and Wimbledon. It was their 12th meeting and the fourth victory for the Briton, who avenged the Wimbledon loss from a few weeks ago and setting the title clash against Federer or Djokovic. Andy served at 46% and did his best to stay competitive, fending off five out of six break chances and delivering three breaks that carried him over the top. Murray was the more aggressive player on the court, hitting more winners and forcing more mistakes from Nadal to control the pace.

The Briton toppled the Spaniard in the shortest and more advanced rallies to forge the advantage and bring the victory home to remain on the title course. Andy held at 15 with a service winner in the opening game before Rafa brought the second game home at love to get his name on the scoreboard.

Andy Murray scored the fourth victory over Rafael Nadal in Toronto 2010.

Murray landed a forehand winner to grab the third game and wasted a break chance in the next one that could have sent him ahead. The 4th seed painted another ace in the fifth game and sprayed a forehand mistake in the next one to keep Nadal on the positive side. The seventh game was an extended one, and Rafa squandered two break chances for the lead, doing his best but failing to make an extra step.

With momentum on his side, Murray grabbed a break a few minutes later when his rival netted a backhand and held at 15 with a forehand winner in the next one for 6-3 after 49 minutes. In another loose moment behind the initial shot, Nadal sent a backhand wide to suffer a break at 1-1 in set number two before pulling it back with a rare forehand winner in game six. In one of the pivotal moments, Andy defended two break chances in game eight and broke Rafa in the next one thanks to another weak backhand from the Spaniard. Serving for the title, Murray fired a service winner at 5-4 to seal the deal and move into the sixth Masters 1000 final.