| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

Great Britain's Andy Murray came from behind to defeat Spain's Rafael Nadal, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the Japan Open finals on Sunday. Murray lost the first set before rallying to win his second straight ATP tour victory. The title was the fourth-ranked Murray’s 20th overall and fourth of the season after triumphs at Queen’s Club, Cincinnati and Thailand.

Murray, coming off a victory last week in Bangkok, broke Nadal in the fourth game of the second set, then won 11 of the next 12 games.In the final set, Murray broke Nadal three times, behind a combination of forehand winners and unforced errors by the Spaniard.

Nadal, the 2010 Japan Open winner, had beaten Murray five consecutive times, and hadn’t lost a service game in the tournament. Nadal is 3-7 in finals this season, with the first six of the losses coming at the hands of world number one-ranked Novak Djokovic from Serbia.