Murray set for Nadal US Open showdown

AT FULL STRETCH: Andy Murray

AT FULL STRETCH: Andy Murray

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ANDY Murray is hoping his second US Open semi-final will turn out the same way as the first when he comes up against defending champion Rafael Nadal later today.

Murray reached his first grand slam final with a brilliant victory over the formidable Spaniard in the last four at Flushing Meadows in 2008 before losing the showpiece to Roger Federer.

Nadal has had the upper hand in their recent battles, beating his rival in the last four at the French Open this year and Wimbledon for two years in a row, but Murray believes hard courts offer him the best chance.

The Scot said: “I’ve beaten him before in the semis, I won against him also at the Australian Open. And, when I’ve won against him, it’s always been on hard courts. It’s a good surface for me to play him on.”

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