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Rafael Nadal - Andy Murray Live

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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
SpainR Nadal666--
United KingdomA Murray321--

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  1. - - Speaking just minutes after putting Murray to the sword, Nadal said: "Today I played my best tennis at Roland Garros this year. It's always a pleasure to play here. It's incredible to be back in the final, it's very emotional for me... Novak is an unbelievable opponent. He beat me the last few times so he will be confident, but I feel I am improving and if I play my game we will see what happens."

  2. - - GAME, SET & MATCH! - NADAL 6-3 6-2 6-1 MURRAY. Nadal dismantles Murray in one hour and forty minutes to roar into Sunday's final where he will play world number two, Djokovic. It proved to be a day of despair for the Brit who was once again broken in the concluding game. Nadal finished it off with a blockbusting overhead smash and is now aiming for a fifth straight French crown (nine in total).

  3. - - NADAL 6-3 6-2 5-1 MURRAY. Pride kicks in for Murray and he attacks the Nadal serve from the off. Two fine winners put him 15-30 ahead and he manages to take the Spanish Raging Bull to deuce. However, a fine first serve followed by rasping forehand down the line leave Rafa one game away from the final.

  4. - - BREAK! - NADAL 6-3 6-2 4-1 MURRAY. The game kicks off with the point of the match which unsurprisingly goes the way of the Spaniard as Murray can only block into the net from close range. It helps get the crowd back on Muzza's side, but he is up against a force of nature here. Another trademark crosscourt forehand from Nadal leads to two more break points and when Murray miscues into the stands, the feeling is that this match is very much over.

  5. - - NADAL 6-3 6-2 3-1 MURRAY. The crowd indulge in a Mexican wave ahead of yet another love service game for Nadal, who now boasts three in a row. There are some boos for Murray as spectators wonder why he is getting nowhere near the Spaniard. It's unfair, as Rafa has been irrepressible today and everything has gone for him too.

  6. - - BREAK! - NADAL 6-3 6-2 2-1 MURRAY. It's all-but over here. The fat lady is warming up in the dressing room. Rafa's forehand has a radar for clipping the line, there's simply no other explanation. He continues to hit some inconceivable winners and all Murray can do is watch on helplessly. A double fault offers up yet another break point and the world number one converts with a stinging overhead.

  7. - - NADAL 6-3 6-2 1-1 MURRAY. Still no sign of a break point for Murray as the Nadal express powers on towards its destination: title number nine here at Roland Garros. A fifth love service game shows just how easy it's been for the world number one and it's hard to see this match going beyond this set.

  8. - - NADAL 6-3 6-2 0-1 MURRAY. An important hold for Murray. His confidence must be low at present and at 30-30 he was in danger of slipping out of contention with barely a whimper. But a fine wide serve set him up for a thumping forehand winner and he eventually saw out the game to get ahead in this third set.

  9. - - SET! - NADAL 6-3 6-2 MURRAY. Superb once again from Nadal as he racks up a fourth love service game of the match. The world number one has been untouchable so far. Murray hasn't played badly, but he's up against a man enjoying the occasion, who loves these weather conditions and is showcasing his ability on his favoured service. We could be done inside two hours here unless Murray can find something special from somewhere.

  10. - - BREAK! - NADAL 6-3 5-2 MURRAY. Rafa senses the opportunity to go in for the kill and turns the screw. The reigning champion chalks up two break points and watches Murray implode as he can only clip Nadal's slice into the net. The world number one will now serve for what has been a very one-sided set.

  11. - - NADAL 6-3 4-2 MURRAY. It's all very business-like from Nadal. The 28-year-old is playing well but he isn't having to hit the heights he is capable of to pull clear here. Another routine service game to 15 keeps Murray at arms length and it's clear the British number one is getting more and more frustrated at his inability to truly harm his opponent.

  12. - - NADAL 6-3 3-2 MURRAY. The Scot uses all that pent up frustration to good effect in the early points, dominating the rallies with some powerful strokes to lead 40-0. But Nadal somehow works his way back into it and makes it a nervy finish before firing just long to give Murray the game. 'C'mon!' screams the 27-year-old as he tries to kickstart his impact on this match.

  13. - - NADAL 6-3 3-1 MURRAY. A disguised forehand sends Murray chasing fresh air and sums up the way this contest is going. Murray enjoys a brief moment of respite with a sizzling winner before an ace consolidates the break for Nadal.

  14. - - BREAK! - NADAL 6-3 2-1 MURRAY. Rafa's crosscourt forehand completely destroys Murray and leaves the Scot facing a real uphill battle now. With two break points against him, Murray loses his concentration and flashes a shot into the right-hand alley he is facing to hand Nadal the game.

  15. - - NADAL 6-3 1-1 MURRAY. Rafa notches up his second love service game of the contest with a stunning crosscourt forehand that Murray can only prod back towards the net. Hard to see how the seventh seed can make an impact on the Nadal serve at present while you always feel the Spaniard can cause trouble on the Scot's.

  16. - - NADAL 6-3 0-1 MURRAY. A superb opener for Muzza sees him start off with a love game on his serve. Another sublime drop shot is the pick of the points while a probing forehand that clips the baseline concludes it.

  17. - - SET! - NADAL 6-3 MURRAY. Rafa wraps up the first set with the minimum of fuss in 34 minutes. A powerful first serve down the middle has Murray on the back foot and the Spaniard angles a volley into the corner from the net to take it to 15. What can Murray do to turn this around against the King of Clay?

  18. - - NADAL 5-3 MURRAY. The British number one produces some stout defensive work to stay in it and gets out of a sticky situation at 30-30 with a controlled overhead that Nadal can only block into the net. An ace seals the game leaving Rafa to serve for the set.

  19. - - NADAL 5-2 MURRAY. The reigning champion here at Roland Garros edges closer to the first set with a typically sound service game to love that he confirms with a rare ace. Murray will now serve to stay in this set.

  20. - - NADAL 4-2 MURRAY. Brilliant from Murray. A stunning drop shot from deep bamboozles Nadal and is the moment of a game which suggests he has now settled into this titanic challenge. Not even a miscue into the Earth's stratosphere can alter his stride as he thunders another forehand winner beyond the Spaniard to take it to 15.

  21. - - NADAL 4-1 MURRAY. The world number one has got Murray scampering all over the court which won't bode well for the Scot in this heat. At 40-30 Muzza has a chance of applying some pressure but hits a tame shot into the net to ensure Spain's Raging Bull maintains his lead.

  22. - - NADAL 3-1 MURRAY. Relief for the reigning Wimbledon champion as he gets off the mark with an important hold. An ace and a thumping forehand edge him ahead before Nadal sears an attempted winner just long of the baseline.

  23. - - - NADAL 3-0 MURRAY. An overhead on the run flashes into the net proving even the King of Clay is prone to the odd lapse. It is a mere blip, however, as he crashes a sizzling crosscourt forehead way beyond Murray's reach. The Spaniard consolidates the break with a yet another forehand winner that the seventh seed can only watch fly by with a mix of disappointment and admiration.

  24. - - BREAK! - NADAL 2-0 MURRAY. A cannon of a Murray forehand finishes a dominant rally with aplomb but a double fault allows Nadal back in and he seizes the initiative with a stunning winner on the run. The Scot then fires into the net to tee up two break points and he does it again seconds later to hand the world number one an early advantage.

  25. - - NADAL 1-0 MURRAY. An epic rally gets the game underway with Murray coming out on top with a venomous shot into right-hand corner of Nadal's court. But it's a good as it gets for the Scot, as Rafa steps it up a notch and takes it to 15 with a bullet forehand Muzza can only help back into the net.

  26. 15.13 - Here we go then, Nadal to serve first in very hot conditions.

  27. 15.06 - For all the talk of how imperious Nadal is here, Murray has a decent overall record at Roland Garros with 23-6. He's had a rollercoaster ride so far this year, including one of the matches of the tournament in the last round versus Gael Monfils. But there's no doubt Rafa is going to take some beating!

  28. 15.02 - The players are making their way onto Chatrier. Murray receives polite applause and is followed hot on his heels by Nadal, who receives huge cheers. The Spaniard is a big favourite here. Time for the warm up...

  29. 15.00 - As for Nadal, he was keen to play down his tag as the overwhelming favourite. The Spaniard told the media: "He's a candidate to win Roland Garros. It will be a big match and a big challenge for me." Whether he truly believes that is another matter. The King of Clay has won 64 of 65 matches in Paris with Robin Soderling's success back in 2009 his only loss.

  30. 14.57 - Speaking ahead of the semi-final, Murray acknowledged he faced a tough task to oust Nadal, but feels his own success over the past two years will put him in good stead. He said: "I obviously know how to win these tournaments now so hopefully that will give me a little bit more confidence and belief when I go on the court. I'll give 100 per cent of what I've got and see how it goes."

  31. 14.55 - HEAD-TO-HEAD: Nadal has won 14 of his 19 meetings with Murray. The pair last met in the quarter-finals in Rome a few weeks ago and the Scot gave the world number one a run for his money before losing 6-1, 3-6, 5-7.

  32. 14.50 - Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of Andy Murray's French Open semi final showdown with Rafael Nadal. The winner will face Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final after the Serbian ousted Ernests Gulbis in four sets.

Rafael Nadal

Nationality ESP
Date of Birth 03/06/1986
Height 1.85 m
Weight 85 kg

Andy Murray

Nationality GBR
Date of Birth 15/05/1987
Height 1.9 m
Weight 84 kg

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