Murray Outmuscles Nadal to Set Up Historic Final

by John Ford - Date: 2008-09-08 - Word Count: 501 Share This!

At the start of this tournament not many in tennis would have bet on Andy Murray to clinch a place in his first Grand Slam final, especially not as he would probably have to meet Rafael Nadal on route.

But that is precisely what happened on Sunday at New York's Flushing Meadow's when British number one Murray stunned Nadal, claiming his first victory over the Spaniard in four sets.

Before this encounter Nadal had a clean record over the Scot, with a 5-0 record and following a season which has seen him crowned French Open, Wimbledon and Olympic Champion, another defeat for Murray looked on the cards.

Murray though had other thoughts, racing out of the blocks to take a two set lead, breaking a seemingly unbreakable Nadal serve three times in the process.

The Dunblane boy truly was outplaying his opponent but the third set took a shift in momentum but with Nadal a break up, heavy rain halted his fight back, forcing the players off court for the night.

Returning on Sunday with the rain subsiding, Nadal took no time in claiming the third set, taking it as he did 6-4.

Unlike fellow Brit Tim Henman, Murray was not going to make do with being the 'bridesmaid' on this occasion and once more settled himself in the fourth set.

Many onlookers began to exclaim that it would be easy to mistake the rugged-looking Murray as the best in the World as he produced a myriad of shots and his staying power in rallies was beginning to visibly drain Nadal who, for once appeared exhausted.

If one rally in this match was to be singled out as an example of Murray's display it was break point on Nadal's serve.

Following another epic rally, Nadal forced Murray out wide before the Scot attempted what has become a trademark drop-shot but slightly mis-hit the ball and Nadal was onto it in a flash. Murray read the shot however, racing across court and on the run, hitting a backhand half volley to take the game.

By this point it would be understandable if betting was already being taken on the out come of a Murray V Federer final.

And it wasn't long before Murray took the match, on serve.

Another tremendous rally culminated with Nadal coming into the net and playing Murray at his own game, clipping a drop-shot but the Scot was sharp as ever in this match, getting onto the ball with plenty of time and easing a back-hand past Nadal before turning round to spot his Mother looking on in the stands.

A truly remarkable semi-final had come to a close and although Murray - as always - didn't show it, the relief must have been pulsing through his veins and for the journalists the headlines wrote themselves.

Murray has become the first Brit to make a Slam final since Greg Rudseski in 1997 and if he wins it will be the first time since Fred Perry in 1936 to claim one of the sports greatest titles, ironically, sporting the late Perry's attire in the process.

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