World No 4 gears up for Nadal challenge

Man on a mission: Andy Murray is hoping to upset the odds and beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros
Man on a mission: Andy Murray is hoping to upset the odds and beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros
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ANDY Murray will need to come through “one of the best challenges in tennis” today if he is to reach a first French Open final.

The world number four takes on world number one Rafael Nadal, who is bidding to equal Bjorn Borg’s record of six titles at Roland Garros, a venue where he has only ever lost one match.

The Scot has never made a secret of how much he likes and admires Nadal, and said: “It’s one of the best challenges in tennis. His record here is incredible. I’m looking forward to it but I understand it’s going to be an incredibly difficult match for me.

“That’s why I need to make sure I do all the right things, watch some videos of matches that I played against him, and recover. Because you’re going to need all of your reserves to get through a match with Rafa at the French.”

Defending champion Francesca Schiavone will lock horns with China’s Li Na in the women’s final tomorrow after knocking out home favourite Marion Bartoli in straight sets.