"In that game he started slicing a lot of backhands," Murray said. "It threw me off my rhythm a little bit."
Nadal fell to Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-4; Murray beat fellow Brit 7-6 (9), 6-2.
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Andy Murray won the China Open in Beijing on Sunday, defeating Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6 (2)
Andy Murray won the 2016 China Open final after a 6-4, 7-6(2) straight-sets win over Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday's final in Beijing. Murray won, but only after being taken to a tiebreak in the second, thanks to some stunning shots fro...