The Mercury

Murray needs a bit extra against Nadal


PARIS: Andy Murray suffered lapses in concentrat­ion in a 7-6 7-5 6-2 win over Juan Ignacio Chela on Wednesday to reach the French Open semi-finals for the first time – and knows he must do better against Rafa Nadal.

The fourth-seeded Briton recovered from two breaks down in the opening set to win a tiebreak 7-2 and blew a 5-2 lead in the second before getting his act together.

Murray must be switched on from the start to stand a chance of booking a place in the final because he faces world No 1 Nadal today

Murray possesses a seemingly nonchalant attitude but has shown plenty of fighting spirit on a slow surface he does not favour.

“I’m surprised I’m here because I haven’t actually played that well,” he said.

Murray, the Australian Open runner-up, had looked on the brink of retirement against Serb Viktor Troicki in the last round as he struggled with that ankle injury, but came through in five sets.

“I needed to fight back against Troicki in tough circumstan­ces,” said Murray.

“I’m glad I’ve got tomorrow off where I can rest and recover ... because you’re going to need all of your reserves to get through a match with Rafa at the French.”

Nadal has a 43-1 record at Roland Garros. Murray has a 4-10 record against the world No 1 and has never beaten him on clay, although the Spaniard dropped a set at the Monte Carlo Masters this year when they met in the semi-finals. – Reuters

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