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Tennis: Andy Murray beats Rafael Nadal in Abu Dhabi

Andy Murray beats Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-0 in the semi-final of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.

The Scot, 27, was too strong for Nadal, who displayed signs of rust in his first match since October.

He faces Novak Djokovic, who he beat to win Wimbledon, in Saturday’s final.

Murray said: “It was closer than the score suggests. While he had a lot of break points I won the important ones.

“You never know how you will get on until it comes to match conditions, but it seems that all the pre-season hard work is paying off.”

The six-man exhibition event is the unofficial season opener with top seeds Nadal and Djokovic receiving byes to the semi-finals.

Murray had beaten another Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 5-7 6-4 in Thursday’s opening match and that outing clearly benefited the world number six, who looked far sharper than his opponent.

Nadal was playing his first match since losing to 17-year-old Borna Coric in the Swiss Open, and his lack of game time was evident as he failed to convert any of his 12 break points.

Murray raced into a 3-0 lead and broke Nadal twice as he comfortably took the first set.

The Scot broke again in the second game of the second set and after saving five break points in the next game, broke again to take a 4-0 lead.

He was struggling with his first serve, but Nadal again failed to convert another four break points in the next game before Murray broke the Spaniard for a fifth time to seal victory.

In the other semi-final, world number one Djokovic played his first game in six weeks but continued his impressive 2014 form as he restricted last year’s Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka to just three games in an impressive 6-1 6-2 victory.

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Tennis: US Open: Nadal withdraws

Rafael Nadal will not defend his US Open title in New York after failing to recover from a wrist injury.

The 28-year-old Spaniard sustained the injury in practice last month and had been training with a cast on his right wrist, forcing him to miss the Rogers Cup in Toronto and last week’s Cincinnati Open.

“I am very sorry to announce I won’t be able to play at this year’s U.S. Open,” the world number two said on Facebook on Monday.

“I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things.

“Not much more I can do right now other than accept the situation and, as always in my case, work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back.”

The 14-times grand slam winner also triumphed at Flushing Meadows in 2010.

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