Murray Vs Nadal – Rogers Cup Semi Final Preview

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Later tonight Andy Murray will once again take on Rafael Nadal, the world Number 2 and perhaps soon to be world number 1.

After his win over Novak Djokovic last night Murray will be in confident mood, he had not beaten either Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal before coming into this tournament and now with his win against Djokovic has a chance to really silence his critics and break his duct against another player.

 Murray’s Odds of winning are much the same as they were against Djokovic last night and as usual the best odds you will find for either player is at Betfair.

Player Andy Murray Rafael Nadal
Traditional Odds Decimal Odds Traditional Odds Decimal Odds
Betfair 22/5 5.4 11/50 1.22
Coral 4/1 5 17/100 1.17
Paddy Power 7/2 4.5 17/100 1.17
Ladbrokes 7/2 4.5 17/100 1.17
William Hill 7/2 4.5 17/100 1.17
Bet Fred 7/2 4.5 17/100 1.17
Bet 365 7/2 4.5 17/100 1.17
Sky Bet 33/10 4.3 1/5 1.2

The history of these two players suggests that the bookmakers have it right, the two have met on 4 previous occasions and Nadal has won all 4 matches. Their last match of coarse was the demolition of Murray at Wimbledon just a few weeks ago. That match could either work for or against Murray, it could give him the focus to beat Nadal or give him the fear that he can’t beat Nadal, ever.

That match was on grass and today the play on hard courts, Andy’s favorite surface and Nadal’s least. Their first match together was an epic 5 setter in the 4th round of the Australian open in 2007. A 19 year old Murray twice lost a 1 set lead going down 6-7(3) 6-4 4-6 6-3 6-1. That match was played on hard courts.

From then they met twice on the regular ATP tour, in 2007 they met at the Madrid Masters, Murray lost a tight 2 set match 7-6(5) 6-4 and their other meeting was just 3 months ago at the  Hamburg Masters, this time the match took place on Clay and Murray never really had a chance of beating the clay court specialist. Murray would lose the match easily 6-3 6-2.

The Bookmakers got it wrong yesterday, lets hope the same thing happens today!