Nadal outplays Murray to reach French Open final
Five-times champion Rafa Nadal sparked off his 25th birthday celebrations on Friday by blowing Andy...
champion Rafa Nadal sparked off his 25th birthday celebrations on Friday
by blowing Andy Murray off court with a 6-4 7-5 6-4 win to reach the
French Open final.
The Spaniard, bidding to equal
Bjorn Borg's record of six titles at Roland Garros, outplayed the
British fourth seed in a three-hour-17-minute display of power and
stamina as he set up a much-awaited showdown with Roger Federer or Novak
Nadal, who will lose his
world number one spot if the Serbian second seed reaches the final
later on Friday, was at his brilliant best at times on court Philippe
His amazing court
coverage, vicious forehands and crosscourt backhands were too much to
handle for Murray, who was bidding to become the first British man to
reach the final at Roland Garros since Bunny Austin in 1937.
who now has a 44-1 record at the French Open, teased Murray by handing
him a few openings. But that was as good as it got as the fourth seed
because every time he earned a break point, Nadal slammed the door shut
with yet another fizzing winner.