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Andy Murray finishes the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro with an unbeaten record.

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Scot donates all prize money to United Kingdom's National Health Service & Tennis Player Relief Fund

After lifting the Mutua Madrid Open title on hard courts in 2008 and clay in 2015, Andy Murray completed a successful transition to PlayStation with a 7-6(5) victory against David Goffin to capture the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro title on Thursday.

Both men entered the contest with unbeaten records, but former World No. 1 Murray fired a cross-court forehand winner to end an epic contest after 33 minutes. The 46-time tour-level titlist rose to his feet and held his hands to his head in celebration as Goffin covered his eyes.

“We raised a lot of money for some good causes,” said Murray. “It was nice, personally, to spend a little bit of time chatting to some of the players. [It is] something that I have missed during this period and something that I have been used to for the past 12, 14 years of my life… It was something I have never done before. Thanks to everyone who put the event on.”


After the final, Murray announced that his €45,000 prize money will be split equally between the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) and the Player Relief Programme. Additionally, the tournament donated €50,000 to Madrid's Food Bank.

“He had a few more options, but my serve was probably the biggest difference,” said Murray. “I came up with some big serves.”

Goffin was attempting to win his second tie-break of the day, after booking his place in the championship match with a 7-6(6) semi-final triumph against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Later in the day, Tsitsipas overcame Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias 6-3 to win the Charity Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro.

“It was fun. At the end, it was a great final,” said Goffin. “Andy was playing so good, so he deserved [to win] the final.”

Murray also revealed that Mutua Madrid Open Tournament Director Feliciano Lopez was putting pressure on him during the week, sending text messages referring to him as the tournament favourite.

“I just want to thank you for playing and proving my prediction that you were going to be the winner,” said Lopez.

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During the post-match trophy ceremony, Murray made a commitment to Lopez for the 2021 edition of the tournament, where he plans to collect his trophy and deliver a speech in Spanish.

”I am going to practise [my Spanish]. There is no excuse for me during this period where I have got a lot of time at home and not much else happening in my life to not try and learn a little bit more Spanish, so that I am confident enough to speak publicly in the language,” said Murray.

“Next year, when I come to the tournament and I get presented with the trophy, I will do my speech in Spanish. That’s the commitment I am going to make.”

Editor's Note: This story was updated 1 May, 11am ET, to correct an earlier version that said Murray earned and donated €150,000 for winning the tournament. €150,000 was the total pursue shared by all competing men's players. In news not previously reported, Murray gave his €15,000 prize money for beating Diego Schwartzman in the semi-finals to the Argentine because there were connectivity issues during their match.

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