Murray gears up for Nadal test

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Andy Murray is prepared for the ultimate mental and physical battle when he takes on Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of Wimbledon today.

The Scot will face the world number one in the last four for the second consecutive year, and the second grand slam in a row after also meeting him at the French Open earlier this month.

Both those matches brought straight-sets wins for Nadal but Murray has made smooth progress through the draw this fortnight and he is ready for the challenge that lies ahead.

The fourth seed, who hit with Davis Cup team-mate Colin Fleming today, said: “I feel good. I’ve played well so far and I feel comfortable. But I don’t expect to feel comfortable in the next match.

“I know I’m going to have to go through moments where I’m struggling, where Rafa hits some unbelievable shots, and I have to come back from behind sometimes.”

n Russian fifth seed Maria Sharapova cruised into the women’s final after a straight sets victory over unseeded German Sabine Lisicki. She will take on Petra Kvitova, who beat Victoria Azarenka 6-1 3-6 6-3.