ATP Roland Garros, Semi-Final Preview #2: Rafael Nadal v Andy Murray

Murray

Absolutely crackers.  That is the only way I can sum up the events that unfolded on Thursday night as Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray beat the darkness to book their places in the semi-finals.  At one stage, it looked like Nadal wouldn’t finish and Murray would, but this flipped round rather dramatically.  After two closely fought sets between Nadal and David Ferrer on Suzanne Lenglen, Nadal absolutely powered through the final two sets, dishing out a bagel and a breadstick in a 4-6 6-4 6-0 6-1 victory.  It was a strange ending to the match, which had started so well for Ferrer.  The word number five played a magnificent return game at 5-4* in the first set to seal the opening set.  I was watching Monfils v Murray at the end so I have no idea what happened to Daveed!

Murray defeated Gael Monfils in an odd five setter on Philippe Chatrier.  It was pretty dramatic at times, but it wasn’t an enjoyable match.  The first set featured many gruelling rallies, but none of them had a great deal of intensity and you could have likened the play to a practice session.  Murray was seemingly cruising after taking the first two sets.  As the third set went with serve and Murray stood with scoreboard pressure at *4-5, Monfils stepped up his game and grabbed the third set.  Murray then completely fell away in the fourth as the light faded.  There were concerns over Murray’s fitness; however the Brit came out and stormed through the deciding set, with a lot of help from Monfils, in just 24 minutes.

Nadal v Murray matches are obviously like London buses.  We waited months and months and months for one and now we have two in the space of three weeks!  The pair played out one of the most entertaining matches from the 2014 clay court season in Rome.  Nadal won that match, 1-6 6-3 7-5.  Murray led *4-2 and had a great chance to pull out a rare, actually non-existent, win over Rafa on clay.  That was arguably the match that kicked Nadal into gear even though he lost the final in Rome.  At Roland Garros and in a best of five set match, Nadal will be the heavy favourite.  Murray has been really pushed to his limit in the last three rounds with two five setters against Philipp Kohlschreiber and Gael Monfils, and a really tough three setter against Fernando Verdasco.  The Brit has had an excellent tournament, but I believe this match will be one step too far.

Prediction: Nadal d. Murray in 3 sets (1 tight)

 

One thought on “ATP Roland Garros, Semi-Final Preview #2: Rafael Nadal v Andy Murray

  1. Still two chances left to stop Nadal from winning an overwhelming 9th title….! 😉 I doubt Andy can win this but I think he can grab a set! That’s why I put my hopes in Djokovic (Gulbis???) 😀

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