Red-hot Andy Murray battled back from a set down against defending champion Rafael Nadal in thrilling fashion at the Japan Open yesterday to claim his second consecutive title.

Andy Murray kisses the winner's trophy yesterday. PIC/AFP

The British world no 4, fresh from winning last week's Thailand Open, put an end to a five-match losing streak against Nadal with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory over the top seed in Tokyo, dropping just four points in the final set.