Murray: “I feel I can do it”


Originally published on: 02/06/11 10:25

Andy Murray is confident he has what it takes to beat five-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal when the pair take to court for their semi-final clash on Friday.

The Scot defeated Juan Ignacio Chela in straight sets to reach the last four in Paris for the first time on Wednesday, albeit without appearing entirely comfortable.

“I think in the build up to the French I was playing very well, and now I’m going to have to get that level out on Friday and sustain it for a long period to beat Rafa,” said Murray, who has won two of his five Grand Slam meetings with the Spaniard.

“I feel I can do it,” he said. “It’s just making sure that come Friday I play my best tennis. I have to play a very consistent match, and I have to be mentally strong. Tactically I’m going to have to be very good. So I can definitely win. I just need to play my best.”

Murray has reached three Grand Slam finals – twice at the Australian Open and once at Flushing Meadows – and is especially determined to book his place in a fourth after playing through the ankle tear that had threatened to end his Paris campaign in round four.

“I obviously want to go further,” he added. “It’s not worth going through what I’ve gone through the last four or five days to just sort of be happy getting to the semis.”


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