Murray: I can beat Nadal


Wimbledon hospitality guests may be pleased to hear that Andy Murray has stated he is optimistic he can reach his first final on the grass of SW19 by beating world number one Rafael Nadal in the semis tomorrow (July 1st).

In his column for BBC Sport, the Scot acknowledged it would be a difficult encounter and the Spaniard is likely to make him "run and run", but he believes if he can neutralise the defending champion's strengths, he can achieve the win.

"You have to be ready for some long rallies, lots of punishment and you mustn't panic," he said, adding patience would be the key to emerging victorious.

The last time the pair met was at the same stage of the French Open earlier this year, where Murray was defeated in straight sets, but the world number four believes it will be a different challenge on the grass court at Wimbledon.

If Murray is successful, it will be the fourth time he has appeared in the final of a grand slam event, although on each of the past three occasions, he has lost in straight sets.

Posted by Jana Roberts

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