Wimbledon 2011 Results: Will Rafael Nadal Defeat Andy Murray, Advance to Finals?

Matt FaulconerFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during his quaterfinal round match against  Mardy Fish of the United States on Day Nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Wimbledon 2011 Results: Discussing Rafael Nadal's Tournament Thus Far

Rafael Nadal has only dropped two sets thus far in this Wimbledon Championships and he is coming off a four-set victory over American Mardy Fish, where he won the match, 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

Nadal will not face hometown favorite Andy Murray in the semifinal at the All England Club.  There is no doubt that the crowd will be pro-Andy Murray, but what are the chances that Nadal will be rooting for Murray?

Nadal rooting for Murray may be a bit harsh, but Nadal acknowledges that Murray deserves to win a grand slam. In a recent discussion with The Telegraph, Nadal had this to say about Murray:

"If I have to say one player who I would want to win a grand slam if it's not me, I would say it's Andy. He is playing really well this year—he reached the final in Australia, the semifinals in Roland Garros, now another time in the semifinals here, so he is doing really well. He's got very close to winning a slam."

Nadal also admits that he cannot go into the match feeling sorry for Murray or it will affect his play.  He needs to stay focused on the task at hand and that is to win another championship at the All England Club.  Nadal has played extremely well considering he has a foot injury that appeared to limit him previously in the tournament against Juan Martin Del Porto.

If Nadal is 100 percent healthy, there is no doubt that he will enter this match against Murray as the favorite, but as witnessed by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's upset over Roger Federer, anything can happen.

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However, Murray is not going to roll up and die for Nadal, and he will certainly give the Spaniard everything he has.  Murray has played an exceptional tournament.  Like Nadal, Murray has only dropped two sets, and one of them was the first set of the tournament.

Dubbed the current version of "The Great British Hope," Murray is hoping that he can break the curse that has loomed over the British at the All England Club since 1936.

With Nadal a bit beaten and bruised, the door is open for Murray, but Murray should know that Nadal will not go easily.