Rafael Nadal beats Murray to reach Final Wimbledon 2011 | Nadal reach into Wimbledon 2011 final
Rafael Nadal beats Murray to reach Final Wimbledon 2011: Rafael Nadal delivered another command performance to withstand an early assault from a fired-up Andy Murray and beat the home favourite 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-4 in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Friday.
The top seed and defending champion will play Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday after ending Murray’s bid to become the first Briton to make the final in 75 years.
Fourth seed Murray played a brilliant first set to get the Centre Court crowd buzzing but the Spaniard took it all in his stride and combining his remarkable big-match temperament and incredible consistency fought back for a fully-deserved victory.
It took him to his 13th grand slam final in which he will bid for his 11th major title and third at Wimbledon. The victory continued the remarkable Wimbledon run of the Spaniard, whose last defeat in the tournament came in the 2007 final against Roger Federer. Nadal won it in 2008, missed 2009 through injury but came back to triumph again last year after also beating Murray in the semis.
“It’s a dream to be back in the final,” Nadal said in a televised interview. “I feel sad for Andy. I think he deserved to be in the final. I wish him all the best for the rest of the year and the U.S. Open. “I played very well to win against Andy. I need to play my best tennis. He’s a great champion. To beat him the only way is to play really great shots. I did that today.”
Everyone with an opinion had been telling Murray that he had to be more aggressive and the advice looked to have got through as he came out for his third successive Wimbledon semi-final and third grand slam semi of the year full of attacking intent. He opened up with a powerful service game, sending down two aces and immediately lifting the decibel count in the packed Centre Court. Nadal was also solid, however, and the first deuce of the match did not arrive until the 11th game on the Murray serve.