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Murray and Nadal on course for showdown

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 15:25

To date, Murray has lost to the Spaniard on five previous occasions, three of which have been on hard courts; 2008 ATP Masters Series Canada, 2008 ATP Masters Series Madrid and 2007 Australian Open.

The last time the pair met was at last years US Open, in which Murray defeated Nadal 6-2, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4. Both players have arguably carried their fine 2008 form into the 2009 season, which should prove irresistible viewing if Murray overcomes Mario Ancic and Nadal powers past Gael Monfils later today.

So, with that in mind, weve highlighted the statistics from the 2008 US Open, laid out the head to head statistics of the two players and uploaded some damn fine pictures from the pair’s last encounter.

Previous encounter: US Open 2008
Andy Murray Rafael Nadal

Service Statistics
Aces: 21 7
Double Faults: 3 2
1st Serve Percentage: 64% (70/108) 71% (120/167)
1st Serve Points Won: 78% (55/70) 59% (71/120)
2nd Serve Points Won: 63% (24/38) 55% (26/47)
Break Points Saved: 33% (1/3) 80% (16/20)
Service Games Played: 20 20

Statistics on Return
1st Return Points Won: 40% (49/120) 21% (15/70)
2nd Return Points Won: 44% (21/47) 36% (14/38)
Break Points Won: 20% (4/20) 66% (2/3)
Return Games Played: 20 20

Statistics on Points
Total Service Points Won: 73% (79/108) 58% (97/167)
Total Return Points Won: 41% (70/167) 26% (29/108)
Total Points Won: 54% (149/275) 45% (126/275)

Head to head
Andy Murray
Won: 1
ATP ranking: 4
Age: 22
Born: Dunblane, Scotland
Height: 6’3’‘ (190 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
YTD won: 8/1
YTD titles: 1
Career titles: 9
Prize money: $5,744,207

Rafael Nadal
Won: 5
ATP ranking: 1
Age: 21
Born: Manacor, Mallorca, Spain
Height: 6’1’‘ (185 cm)
Weight: 188 lbs (85 kg)
YTD won: 9/1
YTD titles: 1
Career titles: 32
Prize money: $22,162,597

For more head to head statistics visit the ATP Tour website.

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