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Andy Murray Shocks World Number One Rafael Nadal

By Ken Miller, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Sunday, September 7, 2008 6:55pm CST USA
Andy Murray Shocks World Number One Rafael Nadal, US Open 2008 NEW YORK--(lawntennismag.com) In a dramatic conclusion to a match delayed from yesterday by rain, Andy Murray snapped Rafael Nadal's 19 match majors win streak 6-2, 7-6(7-5), 4-6, 6-4.

At the US Open Saturday in the semifinal match, sixth seeded Andy Murray of Britain took the first two sets of the match then lost serve to fall behind 2-3 in the third set before heavy rains suspended play for the day.

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Andy Murray ends Rafael Nadal's 19 match majors win streak 6-2, 7-6(7-5), 4-6, 6-4.

Nadal hit several forehand winners including an inside out forehand down the line winner on set point to close out the third set 6-4.

In the final set, Nadal held on to a fifteen minute game to hold serve to reach a one all game score. Nadal would go ahead 3-1 before Murray won three games in a row for 3-4. Both players held serve as Murray reached 5-4.

Aided by two forehands hitting the net then falling over, Murray drew to 30 all in Nadal's final service game. A netted backhand slice from Nadal brought up the first matchpoint as Nadal leaned over with his fatigue from a long summer showing in a frown on his face. Murray would hit a backhand down the line for a winner off a Nadal dropshot to end the 3 hour, 30 minutes match.

In his first major final Monday at 4:00pm CST USA, Murray takes on four time defending champion and second seeded Roger Federer of Switzerland. After the US Open, Murray will reach a career high ranking of number four.

I played well enough to beat the number one player in the world over two days, and I've beaten Roger in the past, Murray said. I have the tennis to compete with those guys.


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