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- - RAFA NADAL BEATS ANDY MURRAY 1-6 6-3 7-5 IN ROME CLASSIC! Murray skims a backhand into the net and lifts his chin towards the Rome sky in anguish, but Nadal balloons a shot into the tramlines and we’re back level. It’s relentless from Nadal, who catches his opponent off-guard with a quick change of direction, and earns 40-15 and two match points with an impossible drop-shot on the run. Murray fires long to bring an end to a three-set classic in Rome. Good luck topping that, Roland Garros.
- - NADAL 1-6 6-3 6-5 MURRAY. Nadal executes an enchanting drop-shot that Murray can only stand and admire. A spree of brutal shots keep the Spaniard in the ascendancy before impeccable defensive work brings up three break points. Double fault. Break Nadal. Game over?
- - NADAL 1-6 6-3 5-5 MURRAY. Murray lets out a yelp as a return sails beyond the baseline – he’s really fired up now. However, he’s unable to halt the Nadal charge. Clay-court’s finest holds to love.
- - NADAL 1-6 6-3 4-5 MURRAY. A tame drop-shot and a lengthy baseline effort hands Nadal a glimmer at 15-30. Murray recovers to 30-30 but an insane passing shot from his rival creates break point. Saved with a thumping overhead. Nadal earns break point number two; Murray saves break point number two. Somehow, the British number one survives and takes the game. He’s one away from his first ever victory against Nadal on clay.
- - NADAL 1-6 6-3 4-4 MURRAY. Nadal is back to his imperious best, covering the court with ease and swatting away Murray’s attempts to unsettle him. Forget that, Murray edges a brutal lengthy point for 40-30. Can he get to deuce? He can’t. It’s four apiece in the decider.
- - NADAL 1-6 6-3 3-4 MURRAY. Murray smashes a forehand into the net for 15-40 and Nadal doesn’t need a second invitation, breaking back with a crazy shot off the baseline. The world number one celebrates wildly. This match just keeps getting better.
- - NADAL 1-6 6-3 2-4 MURRAY. The umpire hovers his index finger millimetres from his thumb to signal that a Nadal forehand is marginally illegal. The Spaniard lets out a weary “Argh!” as he sends a shot rolling into the net. 0-30. Nadal nets again. 0-40! A couple of shaky points from Murray. 30-40. Make that deuce as Nadal finds another gear to level. Murray pings a forehand into the corner for a fourth break point and seals the game with a blistering return to a backdrop of “Andy, Andy, Andy".
- - NADAL 1-6 6-3 2-3 MURRAY. The courtside clock ticks into two-hour territory as Murray opens up a 30-0 advantage with a cracking backhand down the line. Nadal briefly registers in the game but it’s a solid hold from the Murray racquet.
- - NADAL 1-6 6-3 2-2 MURRAY. The fluorescent shirt of Murray is acting as a magnet – hauling Nadal’s monster baseline shots into his path. Not that it matters. Nadal races into a 40-0 lead and caps a fine game with an ace. Your move, Andy.
- - NADAL 1-6 6-3 1-2 MURRAY. Murray unleashes a verbal tirade after netting a makeable volley but responds magnificently with a crashing shot from just inside the baseline. A punishing rally ensues at 30-30 and it’s Murray who fires into the tramlines. Break point. Nadal returns the favour. Deuce. Cries of “Andy, Andy, Andy” circulate around the arena. The British number one responds to the support and snatches the game. A classic is unfolding in Rome.
- - NADAL 1-6 6-3 1-1 MURRAY. Murray pounces upon a short ball after a breathtaking rally, but balloons it beyond the baseline before following it up with another error. Is this the end for the British number one? Perhaps not. Murray plays two ludicrous shots to force deuce: the first won with a series of devastating shots; the second with an outstanding shot on the turn. Deuce time. Twice Murray gains the advantage; twice he lets it slip. Third time lucky? YES! WHAT A MATCH!
- - NADAL 1-6 6-3 1-0 MURRAY. Murray chucks in a double fault at an appalling time to concede serve immediately in the decider. The rain trickles down to mask any tears from the Brit. Nadal is in the ascendancy.
- - Nadal returns to court after a short trip to the lavatory. Now what? The world number one hoists his towel off the clay and starts drying his hands. 10, 15, 20 seconds later and he’s still furiously rubbing his phalanges on the cotton surface. The reason: they’re caked in soap. Well, at least he subjected them to a thorough clean. We’re finally ready for the decider.
- - NADAL WINS SECOND SET 6-3. The world number one fires an outrageous winner to bring up triple set point. Murray fires long. We’re going to a decider. What a match. Even the umpire is smiling to himself.
- - NADAL 1-6 5-3 MURRAY. The tennis gods briefly smile upon Mr Nadal as his forehand clips the net and leaves Murray unable to find the court with his resulting forehand. The Spaniard then prolongs his stay in the game with a majestic volley but he’s unable to prevent Murray’s side of the scoreboard progressing.
- - NADAL 1-6 5-2 MURRAY. Speedy hold to love from Nadal. He’s closing in on the second set…
- - NADAL 1-6 4-2 MURRAY. Murray’s left-hand shoots to his back after a wayward serve. Are the problems of old resurfacing? It doesn’t appear so as he prevails in a 32-shot rally. Nadal then creates a break opportunity with a booming backhand down the line. Murray’s response? A booming backhand of his own. The Brit creeps over the line in deuce.
- - NADAL 1-6 4-1 MURRAY. Nadal reels off the opening two points, then fires down an ace and lands an impossible shot on the stretch to hold to love. Is there a better clay-slider in the business?
- - NADAL 1-6 3-1 MURRAY. A slightly ropy opening from both players leaves the game balanced at 30-30 before Murray asserts himself with a couple of booming serves. He’s on the board.
- - NADAL 1-6 3-0 MURRAY. Has the pendulum swung in Rome? Nadal is alive, charging around the court and starting to find his length. Comfortable hold for the Spaniard.
- - NADAL 1-6 2-0 MURRAY. Murray blasts a couple of shots beyond the reach of his opponent for 30-0, only to relinquish his advantage via a couple sloppy points. The Brit lets out a cry of ‘No!’ as a forehand sails long. Break point. Murray escapes. Not for long though – Nadal breaks! Cue monster fist pump.
- - NADAL 1-6 1-0 MURRAY. Nadal clenches his fist in celebration as a smart shot down the line is rewarded with a 40-15 score. Joy soon turns to despair, though, as Murray recovers to force deuce. Hmmm. The umpire fancies getting involved and ticks Rafa off for a time violation – a decision, unsurprisingly, that the Spaniard is not impressed with. Nadal survives a marathon game.
- - ANDY MURRAY WINS FIRST SET 6-1. The Brit caps a near-perfect set with a cute shot at the net to bring up 40-0. A double-fault briefly halts his charge but moments later he’s celebrating one of the greatest sets of his career.
- - NADAL 1-5 MURRAY. The Spaniard holds to 30, although the highlights reel will likely focus on the two scorching Murray shots that ripped through his rival's defence. Nadal is on the board. Apologies, bagel fans.
- - NADAL 0-5 MURRAY. Murray races into a 40-0 lead, but a careless shot at the net breaks the spell as Nadal reels off three points on the bounce for deuce. Survive this examination, Mr Murray, and the first set is surely yours. OUTRAGEOUS! Incredible use of the court from both players in a sapping rally at 40-40 and it’s Murray who prevails with a massive shot down the line. Followed up with a big first serve. The Brit’s one away from a bagel. Crazy scenes.
- - NADAL 0-4 MURRAY. What is happening? Nadal’s serve is under siege from the British number one. Murray does brilliantly to edge the opening point before a double fault and a hapless smash leave the scoreboard at a ridiculous 0-40. Cue a fiery Nadal response as the Spaniard unleashes a series of devastating shots, but Murray is equal to it all and breaks to love. Wow.
- - NADAL 0-3 MURRAY. A couple of miscued shots from the Murray racquet hand Nadal the initiative at 0-30, but the Brit manoeuvres himself expertly across the clay to edge a slog-fest and halve the deficit. Murray proceeds to swat away two break points – gifted from sloppy footwork – before saving another in a cagy deuce. Eventually, he stumbles over the line. He’s three without loss. What have you got, Rafa?
- - NADAL 0-2 MURRAY. Murray bounces off the baseline to gobble up a Nadal second serve and create a mini opportunity at 15-30. He soon establishes a break point as the Spaniard fires into the net for 30-40. Can he take his chance? Answer: Yes, he can. Nadal nets. What a start from Murray.
- - NADAL 0-1 MURRAY. Nadal wallops a backhand into the tramlines as Murray races into a 40-0 lead. The Brit's perfect start ends abruptly when he sends a simple shot into the net, but it’s of little consequence as he takes the very next point for the opening game.
- - Here we go, then. It’s Murray to serve first. Boom. Big serve. Good start from the underdog.
20:10 - Murray – sporting a delightful fluorescent t-shirt with garish sweatbands – limbers up at the net as Nadal rummages through his bag in search of a racquet. Fortunately an awkward situation is avoided as the Spaniard soon emerges clutching his weapon of choice. Let the warm-up commence.
20:00 - Incredibly, it will be the first time since 2011 that Murray and Nadal have faced each other. That drought has probably benefited the former though – he trails Nadal 13-5 on head-to-heads.
19:50 - Andy Murray takes to the red clay of Rome hoping to eliminate seven-time winner and world number one Rafa Nadal. Can the Brit rediscover his form or will the improving Spaniard blow him away? Welcome to LIVE coverage of the duo’s quarter-final in Italy.
|Date of Birth||03/06/1986|
|Date of Birth||15/05/1987|