Sony Ericsson Open: Andy Murray Through To Last 4, While Rafael Nadal Loses Out

Daniel GoochAnalyst IApril 3, 2009

KEY BISCAYNE, FL - APRIL 02:  Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts to point against Fernando Verdasco of Spain during day eleven of the Sony Ericsson Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2009 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

World No. 4, Andy Murray has made it through to the last four of the Sony Ericsson Open, while Rafael Nadal surprisingly loses.

Andy Murray overcame Fernando Verdasco in just over an hour by 6-1 6-2 in the semi finals in Miami. This victory made up for his last game against Verasco in the Australian Open where he lost in five sets in the fourth round.

In the 75 minute match, the British No. 1 was able to break the Spaniard's serve three times in the first set and another two times in the second set.

He romped to a first set lead of 4-0 after just 15 minutes. Murray was able to capitalise on the large number of unforced errors all the way through the match.

Murray said that he thought the quarter final match would be tougher than it was.

"I was expecting it to be a difficult match," said Murray. "He has been playing very well over the last few months."

"But I started very well, his head went down a little bit, and I managed to stay on top pretty much the whole way through."

It will be a tougher match altogether when he comes up against Juan Martin del Potro in the semi final.


Wow Nadal!

Rafael Nadal was beaten in his quarter final match by Murray's semi final opponent Juan Martin del Potro.

Del Porto won the first set 6-4, lost the second 3-6, and fought back from 0-3 to win the third 7-6 (7-3).

Nadal knows that he performed badly.

"I think I played really bad all the time. That's the truth of this match. Later when I was 3-0 up in the third I played worse."


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