Andy Murray believes the hard work is paying off after he booked his spot in the World Tennis Championship final with a straight-sets victory over Rafael Nadal in Abu Dhabi.
After a marathon match with Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, Murray made swifter work of dispatching of Nadal – winning 6-2, 6-0.
The victory means the Scot will now square off against Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka or world number one Novak Djokovic.
The win is also significant in the build-up to the Australian Open, with Murray recording his first victory over a top-four opponent since July 2013.
“It was obviously a very tough match. There were many long games. It shouldn’t have been that scoreline,” said Murray.
“I'm pleased with today. It's an improvement from yesterday. All the hard work is paying off.”
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