Andy Murray thrashed Rafael Nadal 3-0 in the virtual Madrid Open last night – and then mocked the 19-time Grand Slam winner in his post-match interview. The original event has been cancelled because of the coronavirus to tournament organiser Feliciano Lopez has taken the competition online.
There is over £130,000 on offer for the winner of the men’s and women’s draw with a portion of that being donated to a players relief fund to help out those further down the world rankings.
Murray has made a brilliant start to the esports event as he beat Benoit Paire in his opening group match.
The 32-year-old then trashed Nadal in under five minutes last night as he dropped only point all match.
Murray gave the camera a fist bump once his quarter-final place was secured with a game to spare.
In contrast, Nadal showed a thumbs up and said: “Thank you, Andy” before easily turning off his console.
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The three-time Grand Slam winner also underlined the importance of tennis returning at the right time.
“I’m sure all tennis players want to get back to competing and playing as soon as possible. But right now that is not the most important thing,” Murray explained.
“First of all, we want to get our normal lives back, just being able to go out, see friends, go to restaurants and have your normal freedoms.
“And then hopefully over time things will start to allow for travelling and sport will be able to go back to normal as well. But I don’t see that happening very soon.
“The first thing is to try and find a way to stop the virus spreading and once we’ve done that we’ll be able to do more and more normal things rather than thinking about competing in sport.
“A lot of people want to watch sport again, so obviously the athletes and the players want to be competing.
“It’s entertaining and it’s something that lots of people enjoy. When you don’t get to see it for a while, people realise how much they love playing and watching it.
“But just because it’s difficult not to have sport just now doesn’t mean we have to speed things up.
“Let’s just focus on getting our normal lives back first and hopefully then all of the countries can sort out the virus properly.
“I’m obviously no expert on this but I assume the danger is when you go back to trying to do things too quickly like avoiding social distancing and then if we get back to international travel, then maybe there could be a second wave of infections and that maybe that would slow everything down again.
“That’s not what anyone wants. Let’s just try and get things back to normal first and then we can think about playing sport again.”