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Andy Murray Reaches Final Round At Indian Wells
By Anton Lagani, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Saturday, March 21, 2009 11:49pm PST USA
Andy Murray Reaches Final Round At Indian Wells, Lawn Tennis Magazine Indian Wells--(lawntennis.org) 4th seeded Andy Murray of England beat the former number one Roger Federer of Switzerland for the fourth straight time Saturday 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 to advance to the championship match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.

Sunday in the final round Murray will meet the top seed, Rafael Nadal of Spain who defeated the seventh seeded Andy Roddick of the USA 6-4, 7-6(7-4).

Nadal, who holds the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles, leads the majority of his competitors head to head including Murray.

Andy Murray of England | Image: Getty
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Andy Murray holds a 20-1 ATP Tour record this year which includes ATP Tour titles in Rotterdam and Doha.

Murray trails Nadal in career matchups 2-5; however Murray has won their last two meetings. Murray defeated Nadal in the US Open semifinals in four sets last September before winning again last month in the Rotterdam final 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.

After elevating his game to another level last summer and reaching the US Open final, many picked Murray to win January's Australian Open. However Nadal emerged as the Melbourne champion while Murray would lose in a five set round of sixteen match to Fernando Verdasco of Spain.

The 21 year old Murray's allcourt game, improved fitness and aggressive serve and baseline game could match up nicely with the 22 year old Nadal's game. However if Nadal's gameplan of working over the righthander's backhand with his extreme topspinned crosscourt lefthanded forehand is effective, a victory for Murray may prove very difficult.

Murray holds a 20-1 ATP Tour record this year which includes ATP Tour titles in Rotterdam and Doha. Murray's win Saturday versus Federer, seeded second, was his sixth in eight career meetings.

"I think hes more focused all the time, hes more regular," Nadal said of Murray. "Before, he has one good match and later he plays one set well and two sets not at the same level."

"Right now hes playing all the time very solid and very regular. You look at his results the last seven, eight months, hes not losing to anyone. He only loses against the best, and not a lot of times."

Murray, thought by many to be one of England's best tennis players ever, posted his best Wimbledon finish last year by reaching the quarterfinals before falling to Nadal in straight sets.

In the women's championship final, also to be played Sunday, the 4th seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia takes on the 5th seeded and defending champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia.

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