French Open & Nadal

June 3, 2011 by staff 

French Open & NadalFrench Open & Nadal, Rafael Nadal is still the “king of clay” in the French Open, and will be at least a couple of days after beating Andy Murray 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 Friday to reach its sixth final in seven years at Roland Garros.

The top-ranked Spanish was not perfect before Murray struggling at times with his service and have broken three times, but his game was consistent enough to take care of the defensive tactics of his opponent.

“The conditions today were not easy,” said Nadal, who saved six break points he had in the third set. “Very, very difficult with the wind changes a lot.”

Nadal will face 16 times Grand Slam champion Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic in the final. Federer and Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2011, went to play in the other semifinal on Friday.

“It is my dream to be back in the final,” Nadal said. “Both opponents will be very, very, very difficult for me and for all.”

On Saturday, defending champion Francesca Schiavone will meet Li Na in the women’s final.

Nadal celebrated his 25th birthday on court Philippe Chatrier with a victory, improving his record on clay in Paris to 44-1. With another victory in Sunday’s final, was to match Bjorn Borg’s record of six French Open titles.

Against Murray, which certainly seemed the best player in the world.

Nadal broke Murray at the beginning of each of the three sets. And although he lost his serve once in the first and twice in the second, Nadal always looked in charge – even helping to crew the frequency of cleaning cutting the clay of baseline dragging his foot for painting white.

When they played the important points, was Nadal, who often came to the summit.

He saved 15 of 18 break points and converted six of the 13 won. After saving the second of two break points in the second game of the second set, Nadal let out a primitive “Go!” or “Go!”

The wind was swirling on the court again at a time forcing Murray to turn to avoid the red dust that floats into your eyes. A few games later, while Murray was serving in the second set, the viewer Panama hat broke out in the clay court.

A child of the ball quickly regained the preamble to offend, and Nadal then claimed his second break point of the game, when Murray sent a backhand wide.

Three points later, Nadal broke for a 6-5 lead with a forehand winner.

After the game, some of his fans sang a version of “Happy Birthday.”

Since the opening of the tournament after falling behind two sets to one against John Isner, Nadal has won 17 straight games.

The only defeat of the Spanish in the French Open came two years ago when Robin Soderling beat him in the fourth round. But he returned in 2010 and won his fifth title, defeating Soderling in the final.

This year, Nadal beat Soderling in the quarterfinals.

Murray played his third game since spraining his right ankle in the third round. The fourth-seeded Briton, who was trying to become the first man from his country to win a Grand Slam title since 1936, said he tore a tendon when he sprained against Michael Berrer.

But he won five sets in the fourth round and then won in straight sets in the quarterfinals.

Finally, he showed some weakness in his foot against Nadal, sighing and clutching his ankle after missing a break point in the last game of the first set. “Andy is a fantastic player,” Nadal said. “I think he deserves to win a Grand Slam.

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