Andy Murray reaches final of Mubadala World Tennis Championship after beating Nadal in straight sets

Andy Murray beat Rafael Nadal 6-3 7-5 to reach the final, where he will now face Andrey Rublev on Saturday.

Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal faced each other for the first time since 2016 on Friday night, when the pair went head-to-head in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi.

The 34-year-old Scotsman managed to beat his old rival in straight sets, setting up a final against Andrey Rublev on Saturday.

It was the first time Nadal returned to the court since prematurely ending his 2021 season back in August due to an ongoing foot injury.

After Nadal missed Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, the 20-time Grand Slam winner will aim to return for the Australian Open in January.

After the match, Murray paid respect to his old rival, "Me and Rafa have played so many tough matches over the years.

"Both of us have gone through injury troubles and it's just great to have the opportunity to be with him on court again."

The win marks another impressive performance from Murray following his victory over fellow Briton Dan Evans in the previous round.

Murray broke Nadal in his third service game to take the advantage in the first set, and took the crucial break at 5-5 in the second to close out an entertaining clash.

Following his comeback, Nadal took the positives from his performance, "For me, this is a comeback. It wasn't a bad match after a long time away from a professional court, so positive feelings."

He can now rest up before the start of the Australian Open on January 17, while Murray must prepare to face Rublev on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Russian booked his place in the final after edging out Denis Shapovalov 7-6 3-6 6-4.

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