Andy Murray will clash with Rafael Nadal Friday in an exhibition match at the Abu Dhabi invitational event. Today, Murray beat Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-1), 5-7, 6-4 to set up the match with his rival.
“I now get to play another two matches, which is perfect for me,” said Murray who will play a third place match if he loses his semifinal. “I’m looking forward to testing myself against Rafa. I practised with Rafa yesterday and he was very intense as always.”
Earlier Stan Wawrinka defeated Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-2. Wawrinka will play world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
Lopez and Almagro were late replacements for the French duo of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils who both withdrew due to injury.
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