Nadal crashes out in Miami, Murray wins

Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:05pm EDT
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By Simon Evans

MIAMI (Reuters) - A struggling and edgy Rafa Nadal crashed out of the Miami Open in the third round on Sunday, losing 6-4 2-6 6-3 to fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

The 31-year-old Verdasco, who is ranked 34th in the world, has now won his last two matches against world number three Nadal, after the 14-time grand slam winner had won their previous 13 meetings.

"It is a huge victory and it is always nice to win in a packed stadium in a big tournament and against one of the best players in history," said Verdasco.

Verdasco caused problems from the outset and broke in the eighth game, helped by a double fault from Nadal.

Nadal battled back in the second set, breaking Verdasco twice and pushing the contest into a third set.

The contest turned decisively in Verdasco's direction when he broke to go 3-1 up in the third set.

Nadal has never won in Miami, with his 11 attempts his longest streak of attempts at a tournament without a victory and he said he was concerned that he was nervous when playing.

"I am playing with too much nerves for a lot of moments, in important moments, playing a little bit of anxious in those moments," he said.   Continued...

Mar 29, 2015; Key Biscayne, FL, USA; Fernando Verdasco (R) shakes hands with Rafael Nadal (L) after their match on day seven of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports