Andy Murray: I Feel I Can Beat Rafael Nadal [Video]
by Tom Gainey | June 1st, 2011, 6:49 pm

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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7 Comments for Andy Murray: I Feel I Can Beat Rafael Nadal [Video]

jane Says:

That’s the right attitude Muzza; you go man, go.

Brian Says:

Where can I watch the men’s semifinals live? NBC is only broadcasting them from 11am to 2pm on Friday. Three hours might not even be enough time for one match!!

skeezerweezer Says:

Finally, Someone other than Rafael Nadal who says there not playing good. Go Muzza!

Michael Says:

I like Murray’s never-say-never-die attitude. No player should go to the Tennis Court with a mindset to loose. Although I would say Murray is over optimistic about his winning prospect against Nadal, yet if Murray plays his “A” game while Nadal’ level dips to an extent will make the match interesting. But all in all, I expect Nadal to win in four tough sets. Murray is just not good enough to beat Nadal on Clay. However, in a hard court, it is a different matter.

Golf is barely a Sport Says:

To sort of quote General Buck Turgedsen – He’s certainly got a chance. I think he pulls a shocker here. Agassi was least likely to win on grass and after 3 slam final losses he came through in 1992. Murray has less pressure in Paris. The injury and Nadal’s stature on clay take even more pressure off of Murray. I like him to pull off the shocker.

jj Says:

Andy needs some public speaking lessons. He is a sports celebrity and yet his speaks like a high school grad from PROM night.
I sometimes wonder how these sports celesbrities have great athletic gamemanships and yet their speech is so unpolished and unrefined. Andy must realize all eyes on him now he is a public figure and training lessons on public speaking and professional etiquetee is what he needs.
You can see during the news interview,..he sounded like he just got out of bed…..

jj Says:

Andy strength is his reflex, speed, and fantastic footwork since he moves and stretches extremly well across the court. he just need to work on his ground stokes and also his drop shots if you can maneauvor his skill plays he can become a 2nd federer or Ivan Lendl and become another great champion.

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