Nadal Rips Andy Murray’s Heart Out in Thrilling Wimbledon Semi-Final
Andy Murray claimed that he could win “if the Wimbledon crowd get behind me”. Well – that was a certainty today in Southfields, SW19. With nothing to lose – Murray wouldn’t concede any advantage to Nadal in the first set – matching him match for match before surprising many critics (and pleasing many fans) by securing the first set confidently 7-5.
Set two was a whitewash, with Murray taking the first game, and Nadal seeming to be going through the motions by taking the next few. The atmosphere and mood on centre court was feeling noticeably sour midway through the set. Set two went to Rafael Nadal 6-2.
Set three saw Murray’s rhythm evaporate in the Wimbledon sun. The crowd did their best to raise Murray’s mental spirits, raising the volume whenever he earned a point – but that wasn’t very often. At 4-2 up, Nadal launched three Aces past Murray – doing nothing for his confidence. Nadal’s unforced errors were at a minimum (1) when he doubled faulted. Nevermind – he won anyway – Third set Rafael Nadal 6-2.
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Unforced Errors (sets 1-4)
In the fourth and final set, despite covering ground quickly, throwing everything he had into the match the Scot seemed helpless to defend against the Spaniards skills. Murray confidently endured long, tough rallies with Rafa – but the Spaniard just had the subtle golden touch to make things difficult for the UK’s big hope. Murray needed to break Nadal but instead missed another series of opportunities – knocking some easy returns into the net.
Murray did challenge the umpire and was vindicated when Nadal’s first serve was shown to be out by Hawkeye. With the 10 time grand slam winner 5-4 up, Murray was left with his final throw of the dice. Could he find a way to break Nadal’s serve to deny him a place in Sunday’s final, and extend the game for another set?
Murray found the back of the court at 15-0 , but sent the ball too long- “OUT”!. The next point came and Murray ran left but Rafa sent the ball right. “40 – Love”. Nadal played for an Ace for match point (“Why wouldn’t he – said Becker on the BBC commentary). Coming in close to the net for a short rally, Andy Murray won a stunning point to stay in the match and keep Nadal waiting.
And it’s Nadal again – “He rips the heart out of Murray” exclaimed the guy on the BBC commentary team. Who can argue with that? From a set down against the man playing at home – Nadal had 19 unbeaten matches at Wimbledon – now 20.
“I think I played very well, to win against Andy i have to play my best tennis to have any chance. He’s a great champion.”
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