Rafa Nadal Open 2019

The second edition of the Rafa Nadal Open took place at the Rafa Nadal Academy last week.
20-year old Finn Emil Ruusuvuori dispatched Matteo Viola 6-0 6-1 in 50 minutes to claim his second Challenger title of the year. He didn’t drop a set all week, beating Yannick Maden, Pedro Martinez and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina en route to the final. Thanks to this victory, he’ll make his entry to the top 200.

But the talk of the week was Andy Murray, who, in search of match play, returned to the Challenger circuit for the first time since 2005.
The Rafa Nadal Open was Murray’s third tournament since his singles comeback in Cincinnati (loss to Gasquet). After wins over 17 year-old Imran Sibille and world number 115 Norbert Gambos, he fell to eventual runner-up Matteo Viola 6-3 4-6 6-7.
Next up for the 3-time Grand Slam champion: Zhuhai, Beijing and Antwerp.

Andy Murray and Matteo Viola

Photo credit: @rafanadalacademy

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