Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray to Meet in ATP Tokyo Final, US Open Rematch

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In a rematch of this year's US Open semifinal, Spain's Rafael Nadal will take on Great Britain's Andy Murray in the final of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo.

Nadal beat American Mardy Fish 7-5, 6-1 to book his place in the final, while World No. 4 Andy Murray continued his impressive run of form as he defeated third-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3 to record his 20th win in his past 21 matches—his one loss coming at the hands of Nadal.

This is Nadal's first tournament since his loss to Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open, while Andy Murray enters this match on the back of titles at the Cincinnati Masters and in the PTT Thailand Open last week.

Nadal takes a 13-4 career head-to-head lead into the final, having defeated Murray in all four of their meetings this year, most recently in the semi-finals at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Speaking ahead of the match, Nadal said:

I think it will be a very difficult match, he is doing very well winning last week in Bangkok and now into another final. I will have to play my best tennis to have any chance; it’s a big challenge playing against him.

Looking ahead to the final, Murray also added:

I think he’s [Nadal] played some very good tennis the last couple of matches. He’s always tough. He won here last year, so he likes the conditions.

Who do you fancy for the win?

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