Andy Murray lost just one point as he thrashed Rafael Nadal in the Virtual Madrid Open as he exerted his dominance on the PS4.
Murray is one of the favourites to win the event and he humbled Nadal – the Spanish world No. 2 who has beaten him in 17 of 24 meetings in real life – in a 3-0 win, which lasted barely more than five minutes.
Both Murray and Nadal had emerged victorious in their first virtual outings on Monday, beating Benoit Paire and Denis Shapovalov respectively, but Nadal curiously withdrew from a charity match against Djmariio.
He may be wishing he didn’t return on Tuesday as Murray put him to the sword, dropping just one point.
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Murray pumped his fist into the camera after his victory and although Nadal did give him a thumbs up, he logged off quickly saying: ‘Thank you, Andy.’
After the match, Murray stuck the knife in during his post-match interview, saying: ‘If you speak to Rafa, tell him not to be such a bad loser next time!’
On his chances of winning the event, Murray added: ‘I think I have a chance, for sure.’
While it was entertaining seeing two of the sport’s greatest stars face off in the virtual world, organisers again missed a trick with the production.
Commentators spoke over the players during the match, meaning viewers couldn’t hear interaction between the pair – which, frankly, is the most interesting part of the online gaming.
Things went from bad to worse for Nadal. He was comfortably beaten by Benoit Paire later on Tuesday afternoon and will struggle to reach the quarter-finals.
Before play had started, two top-20 players were pulled from the competition.
World No. 3 Dominic Thiem and No. 15 Karen Khachanov were announced as being out of the competition ‘due to technical problems with their internet connections’.
Both will lose all their respective group matches 3-0.
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