Andy Murray has been the one surprise of the men’s French Open. Murray, not known as a clay court threat, advanced to his first French Open semifinal by defeating Juan Ignacio Chela this afternoon in straight sets 76(2) 75 62.
“You know, I’m surprised I’m here, to be honest, because I haven’t actually played that well,” Murray admitted. “Aside from everything else that’s happened, I haven’t played particularly well. You know, that’s a very good sign for me, because, you know, a few months ago I was not playing well and losing badly. I haven’t been playing that well. I’m in the semis of a slam. That’s a good sign.”
Murray didn’t play a great match today and he should have lost Monday to Viktor Troicki, but here he is still alive in the tournament. But Murray, who has reached at least the semifinals at the four Grand Slams, now has to play Rafael Nadal on Friday, and the Scot sounds up for it despite a lingering injured right ankle.
“I feel I can do it,” Murray said referring to beating Nadal and winning the title. “It’s just making sure that come Friday I, you know, play my best tennis. I have to play a very consistent match, and I have to be mentally strong. Tactically I’m going to have to be very good. So I can definitely win. I just need to play my best.”
Nadal, however, is 43-1 during his career in Paris and has never lost to Murray in clay (3-0).
“Yeah, one of the best challenges in tennis,” Murray said of facing Nadal on clay. “Obviously his record here is well, it’s incredible. You know, yeah, definitely I look forward to it. I understand obviously it’s going to be an incredibly difficult match for me. But, you know, that’s what I need to make sure the next sort of day and a half, two days, I do all the right things, watch some videos of matches that I played against him, and recover. Because you’re going to need all of your reserves to get through a match with Rafa at the French.”
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