Rain Delay’s Andy Murray’s Big Day – 2 Sets Up Against Nadal

Murray Beats Nadal – View the Murray v Nadal 2008 US Open match Report

us open 2008 tennisAndy Murray is just 1 set away from his first grand slam final and causing the biggest upset at this year’s event. He leads Rafael Nadal 6-2 7-6(7-5) 2-3 before the expected rain finally began to fell. The match will not resume tonight and it will be played on the Arthur Ashe Stadium at 4pm (9pm UK Time) on Sunday with the final then on Monday.

The Scot has so far produced some of his best ever tennis in the opening sets, though has giving the world number 1, Rafael Nadal a lifelong dropping his serve in the opening game of third set. So dominant has Murray been that the break Nadal secured was the Spaniards first break points of the entire match.

Nadal may hold a perfect record over Murray, but that 5 match winning streak is in serious doubt and Murray only needs one more set to beat Nadal for the first time.

Murray started the match with the clear intent on being positive from the outset; he looked far more aggressive than we usually see from him. On his own serve he was serve-volleying which sees him win his first service game comfortably.

Murray was dominating the opening games and he would ensure he would turn dominance into games, he secured his first break points in only Nadal’s second service and when Nadal sends a forehand long Murray secures the first break of serve.

andy murray us open semi finalAndy Murray’s first and second serve were working well and Nadal seemed unable to deal with Murray when he came into net of his 1st serve or the height that Murray was generating on his second serve. Murray capitalised on his lead and secured a second break with a great pass down the line after drawing Nadal into the net.

Murray served out the set with Nadal still unable to make any impression on his serve – 3 aces and only three dropped points on the Scot’s serve in all of the first set.

That first set of tennis from Murray was perhaps the finest played by British player in the last 20 years when you consider the occasion and the man he is playing.

Murray would not relent in the second and he continued to challenge Nadal on every one of the Spaniards service games. He forced his first break points in the third game after again holding his own serve easily. On this occasion Murray could not convert any of his 3 break point chances and Nadal managed to keep his serve.

Game 5 brings more 2 more break point chances for Murray, but again the Spaniard manages to wriggle out of the game with his serve intact. Both Players looked nervous during this game, perhaps realising the significance of what a break of serve would mean at that point.

Murray was not letting these missed opportunities get to him and he continued to give Nadal no insight on his serve holding to love or 15 in his first 5 service games of the second set.

With the score at 5-5 and a tie break looming, Murray for third game in this set forces more break points and once again Nadal proves why he is world number 1 saving them once again. With 7 break points squandered and barely given Nadal a sniff on Murray’s serve, it would be an injustice for the Scot to lose this set, but so often the best players are the ones who punish wasted opportunities. In his final service game Murray looked like he may just be about to punished, Nadal took a 15-30 lead with two bad unforced forehand errors. Murray though was not about to give this set up though and Murray serves down another ace followed by another serve and volley winner. A final service winner takes the set into a tie break.

As Murray showed against Del Potro, he knows how to win a tie break. Murray would take the first advantage winning the opening point on Nadal’s serve an exchange of mini breaks would see the Scot move 3-1 but is pegged back to 3-3 at the changeover. Three consecutive holds of serves sees Nadal go 5-4 up. Murray would need to hold his next two service point to remain in touch with Nadal. It was heart in mouth time as a service return from the Spaniard hits the top of the net cord and rolls along the top of the net before falling on Nadal’s side. Murray then finds a big serve to lead 6-5 and bring up the first set point of the match. Nadal goes wide with a backhand after a nervy rally and Murray goes two sets up.

The standard that Murray had shown in the first two sets could not last and one lapse in concentration from Murray sees him play his worse service game of the match and allows Nadal the chance to get back into the match. A forehand error from Murray sees Nadal secure the break.

4 more games would be played with no more breaks before the rain stopped played. Exactly who this rain break benefits more is not that obvious, Murray was playing the tennis of his life and stopping now may give Nadal the time gather himself, though dropping serve at the start of the third set did give Nadal some momentum and a rain delay could give Murray the chance to refocus.

Whatever happens in this match Murray holds the upper hand and the bookmakers agree. Before the match began Nadal was odds on favourite to win the match and title – Now Murray is odds on favourite to win this match and Roger Federer odds on favourite to win the US Open Title.

 Player  Andrew Murray  Rafael Nadal
 Traditional Odds    Decimal Odds    Traditional Odds    Decimal Odds  
 Betfair 69/100 1.69 37/25 2.48
 Bet Fred 2/3 1.67 6/5 2.2
 Stan James  2/3 1.67 6/5 2.2
 Bet 365 31/50 1.62 6/5 2.2
 Coral 31/50 1.62 6/5 2.2
 Sky Bet 31/50 1.62 6/5 2.2
 ToteSport 57/100 1.57 5/4 2.25
 SportingBet   57/100 1.57 5/4 2.25

US Open Winner Odds

 Player  Average Odds – All bookmakers  Betfair Odds
 Traditional Odds    Decimal Odds    Traditional Odds  Decimal Odds  
 Roger Federer   63/100 1.63 73/100 1.73
 Rafael Nadal 309/100 4.09 16/5 4.2
 Andy Murray 361/100 4.61 41/10 5.1