Rafael Nadal Still Too Good for Andy Murray

rogers cup 2008Andy Murray suffered his fifth straight loss to Rafael Nadal in the semi finals of the Rogers Cup masters event in Toronto. Murray lost in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3 to the world number 2.

This match, unlike the Wimbledon semi final, was close and rather than Murray struggling to trying and keep up with Nadal, it was Nadal’s ability to move up an extra gear in the vital times of a set.

The first set was full off high quality tennis that needed a tie break to separate them and rather than Nadal winning the breaker, Murray faltered and lost the set. A recurring knee injury was a possible cause for the deterioration in Murray’s play in the tie break, umpire Cedric Mourier’s refused an injury time-out request by Murray in the 11th games after coming down hard on the joint on a serve, Murray had to wait till the end of the tie break, before receiving treatment. After the match Murray told reporters,

When I asked for the trainer he (Mourier) said: “Is it for your knee?”. He knew before I even told him that there was a problem there, because I had been limping for two games. He still didn’t let me have the trainer.

Nadal broke Murray for the first time in the match to take a 3-1 lead in the second set and the matched at that point looked over, but the last 3 months has seen a different Andy Murray and he fought back and regained the break of serve to level at 3-3 before Nadal shifted into that higher gear and powered home for the win.

Nadal is now closing in on number 1 spot and Murray thinks he will soon do it,

He’s definitely doing a lot of things better than he was in the past I think he’s moving better on hard courts, and I think he’s sort of changing the pace of the ball a little bit more and not playing so far behind the baseline like he did in the past. That’s why I think he’ll be number one in the world soon.

After the match Nadal had some kind words for Murray,

I played very well against Andy today because, in my opinion, he played one of his best matches against me