French Open 2014 Men's Semifinals: Nadal vs. Murray Preview and Prediction

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French Open 2014 Men's Semifinals: Nadal vs. Murray Preview and Prediction
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Rafael Nadal strikes the ball during his fourth-round match at the 2014 French Open.

Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray will meet in perhaps the most intriguing match yet of the 2014 French Open

Nadal, ranked No. 1 and the reigning champion, takes on Murray, the comeback kid who wants to dethrone the King of Clay.

Nadal is trying to win his ninth French Open and 14th Grand Slam. A win at Roland Garros would match Pete Sampras. It would also put him within three Slams of Roger Federer.

Standing in his way is Murray, the British bad boy whom French fans love to hate. Many of them booed Murray as he took the court against Gael Monfils in the quarterfinals. Murray shot back a smile. He seems to enjoy the chip on his shoulder. He appears quite comfortable playing the role of spoiler. 

Can he spoil Nadal's pending coronation?

With Nadal's run at Roland Garros, the French may be suffering from Rafa fatigue. Regardless, they will hardly be solidly behind Murray. 

Although two men's semifinals will be played, this one will determine if history will be made in the final. Either Nadal moves one step closer to legendary status, or someone—one of the three remaining players—wins his first French Open.

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