FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Andy Murray doesn’t blame the Flushing Meadows crowd for pulling for Rafael Nadal as their match resumes Sunday afternoon. After all, who wants to see a 15 minute match?
“You know, if I was a spectator today, I would have rather watched more tennis as well,” Murray said. “You kind of understand why they do it, but the atmosphere was still awesome. They know tennis here. When there was good points, they applauded for both. Obviously they wanted to see more tennis, which was fine by me. By the end of the match, I thought it was pretty even, you know, and obviously finished off well.”
Actually it went very well for the 21 year-old Brit. Up 2 sets to Love but down a break in the third, he was able to finish off Nadal with a 6–2, 7–6(5), 4–6, 6–4 win to advance him to his first Grand Slam Finals.
When the match resumed, Nadal and Murray were both able to stay on serve after Murray was broken yesterday in the third. It resulted in a Nadal win.
“The momentum was kind of with him a little bit in the third set,” Murray said. “He held serve easy the first couple of games, and I don’t think either of us dropped a point maybe the first couple of service games. So, you know, I just had to try and stay aggressive, you know, stay focused. I knew, because of the wind from the far side of the court from where we came out, it’s much easier to return from that end, and I knew I was going to have some chances, so I had to just try and stay focused on that.”
Things changed in the fourth. Up 1-0, Murray had a double break point and seven overall in the 8-deuce second game, but couldn’t close out the No. 1 seed, keeping the match on serve. But Murray was able to come back against Nadal as the Arthur Ashe crowd started cheering for the Scottish national as he shut down the Spaniard later in the match.
“It was quite windy out there as well,” said Murray, whose best finish before the Open was fourth round. Obviously yesterday the conditions were pretty heavy, very humid. Today it was very windy on the court. The ball was flying through the air a bit more. I just had to try and stay calm. I thought I was playing well enough to win the match, but I knew Nadal was going to come at me. There was a few sort of ups and downs even though it was a very short time we were out on the court, but I managed to come through in the end.”
Murray will now face Roger Federer later on today. Lifetime he is 3-1 against the Swiss master, but won’t go into the match too overconfident.
“I’ve played well against [Federer] in the past,” he said. “I think a Slam final is different to the match that I played against him before. You know, he’s obviously won, you know, over 30 matches in a row here, you know, so he’s obviously going to be feeling confident going in. He’s got loads of experience in these situations and it’s something new for me. I know I’m going to have to play great to have a chance of winning, but I’ve played well the last couple of weeks.”