Andy Murray trolls Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev after virtual Madrid Open success

British tennis star Andy Murray has trolled rivals Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev after thrashing them both in the virtual Madrid Open as he eased his way into the semi-finals.

Murray has had his own special character added to the PlayStation game Virtual World Tour to compete in the online event.

As the clay season has been cancelled because of the coronavirus, tennis stars signed up to the esports competition.

And Murray is one of the favourites to scoop the £130,000 prize as he has not put a foot wrong en route to the final four.

The three-time Grand Slam winner dropped just one point as he thrashed Nadal in the group stages.

He then mauled world No 7 Zverev 5-1 in their quarter-final clash yesterday before gloating about his success.

“I know it looks that way but I’m just much better than the other guys,” said Murray, who beat Rafael Nadal in the group stage.

“When things look too easy people like conspiracies but this is just the reality.

“When I played Rafa, he said I was practising so much and now Zverev had the wrong controller.

“Everyone has got their excuses but the reason is I’m just better than them.”


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Murray will take on Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the next round while Benoit Paire goes head-to-head with Stefanos Tsitsipas in the other semi-final.

The winner of the men’s and women’s draw will get to decide how much of the prize money they want to donate to a fund which helps lower ranked players during these difficult financial times.

All tennis events have been cancelled until August but Murray warned about not rushing the ATP and WTA tours back too soon.

“I’m sure all tennis players want to get back to competing and playing as soon as possible. But right now that is not the most important thing,” Murray explained.

“First of all, we want to get our normal lives back, just being able to go out, see friends, go to restaurants and have your normal freedoms.

“And then hopefully over time things will start to allow for travelling and sport will be able to go back to normal as well. But I don’t see that happening very soon.

“The first thing is to try and find a way to stop the virus spreading and once we’ve done that we’ll be able to do more and more normal things rather than thinking about competing in sport.”

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