Rafael Nadal denies Andy Murray in London
Rafael Nadal has shown exactly why he is the world number one after beating Andy Murray at London's O2 Arena.
The Spaniard triumphed over the British number one 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 7-6 (8-6) at the ATP World Tour Finals.
Nadal praised his opponent and told the crowded arena about how proud he was of his achievement, following his disastrous appearance last year, which saw him lose all three of his matches.
"Today I played one of the finest matches of my career," said Nadal
"It's a big emotion this afternoon. You know how tough it was for me last year. Being in the final is a dream.”
The young Scot put in a valiant performance and mounted a promising comeback during the middle of the match, however, Nadal ultimately proved too much or him.
The O2 Arena witnessed a capacity crowd which numbered 17,500 people, all of whom witnessed one of the sport's classic matches.
Nadal went on to say: "It was a difficult position for me. Andy came back well. He had an amazing passing shot. In the tie-break the only thing I could do was wait for chances.
"I want to congratulate Andy for his attitude - he's going to win a lot of Grand Slams in my opinion."
Murray was upbeat about his performance during the match, although he did admit that he was disappointed that he was not able to see his comeback through.
"It was a great match, I think both of us played very well. I probably played one bad game the whole match, or maybe just a couple of bad points," said Murray.
"I'm disappointed to lose but it was a great match; there were so many long rallies, so many good points.”
Ladbrokes offer 15/8 odds that Andy Murray will manage to win one Grand Slam title during 2011, meanwhile, William Hill and Victor Chandler both set their odds at 7/4.